Harford Community College student Milly Conklin was chosen as the recipient of the 2019 Beacon of Hope Award at Harford County’s Families of Hope “Celebration of Hope” ceremony on November 2, 2018, at the Club at Bulle Rock Golf Course in Havre de Grace. Executive Director of the SUCCESS Project (TSP) Nicki Biggs presented Ms. Conklin with the award.

TSP’s Families of Hope is a seven-week public awareness campaign and fundraiser that was created to shine a positive light on the many local families and individuals who are facing financial hardships due to difficult life circumstances, but who are trying to regain or achieve economic self-sufficiency. The SUCCESS Project, Inc., a nonprofit affiliate of the Havre de Grace Housing Authority, was established in 2015. “Our vision is a world where all people have the opportunity to maximize their potential and improve the quality of their life, so our programs support and empower low-income individuals, families and at-risk youth in order to help them improve the quality of their lives,” said Ms. Biggs.

Participants in the campaign are nominated in recognition of their achievements, upbeat attitudes, and the inspiration they give others by remaining determined to improve their situations. Each nominee raises funds and receives a small stipend towards a personal economic goal, with The SUCCESS Project receiving the rest to continue providing services, guidance, and training to those struggling to support their families.

Despite enduring hardships and facing tough challenges along the way, Milly Conklin’s determination to succeed pushed her to create the life she imagined for herself. Milly recently earned her GED and is currently taking classes at Harford with the goal of earning her associate degree in special education. She appreciates the help she has received from the adult literacy teachers and staff at Harford and wants to pay it forward by assisting others in their educational endeavors. Since she herself has a learning disability, Milly understands what it takes to overcome that disability and the struggles that come with it. In addition to her career aspirations of being a special education teacher, Milly hopes to help other women who find themselves in similar situations as the “Families of Hope” women.

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