Achieving the impossible

Aug 29, 2013  |     |   General

“The difficult is what takes a little time. The impossible is what takes a little longer” -Fridtjof Nansen

We have a total of about 50 adult students
working on GED, higher education, trade school,
or skills improvement classes. 

I read this quote in a running magazine this weekend but it made me think of many of the men and women that I work with in the Learning Center at Open Door Mission. When many of our students first come in they are certain that learning is not only impossible for them but also irrelevant. For most it is a fear of failure due to things in their past that hold them back. Others were not provided with adequate educational opportunities as children and now as adults they must deal with the consequences of that.

Although there are many potential and real barriers to learning, our students are breaking through these on a daily basis. I am encouraged regularly by the students in our Learning Center that are achieving the “impossible”.

It only takes one tiny victory to encourage us to work towards the next tiny victory. Before we know it, we can look back at the last several months and realize that we have already achieved what we thought impossible before.

Open Door Mission is always in need of volunteer tutors to help these students reach their goals. Please visit and click on the volunteer button for more information.


Vickie Gregorio
Learning Center Director