Toledo, OH: Our First Pilot Site
Our Pilot Site: Toledo, Ohio
The first two cohorts of ALT Year were hosted in what may seem an unlikely place to some, but Toledo, Ohio was a wonderful community for ALTers to find abundance in! The fourteen participants from nine states that were a part of our first two cohorts have often talked of how they “fell in love” with Toledo. The small local businesses held items both interesting and tasty for the ALTers to peruse. Paths along the Maumee River provided ample spaces to enjoy the outdoors. The arts scene was diverse and plentiful, inspiring awe and creativity in the group. Churches in the community eagerly sought to meet the needs of the people near them. Above all, the Toledo locals made ALTers feel at home through the kindness they showed.
The people of Northwestern Ohio gave the gifts of hospitality, support, and energy to provide meaningful experiences for the young adults that entered their midst. We know from their example that abundance can be found in unexpected places, and life together can be rich in the midst of economic hardship. It took a lot of effort from local leaders to breathe life into ALT Year for its first time on the ground, and we are grateful for their work!
While the ALT Toledo Team and ALT National Vision Team decided not to host a site in Toledo this year, this great city could host a cohort again. We are grateful for all the supporters and the goodwill of those in the area. In the future, maybe Toledo will host an ALT cohort again. No matter what the future holds, Toledo will always be connected with the ALT story thanks to the wonderful and powerful memories that were shared there!