A Changed View: Read Pamela Rossi-Keen’s reasons for supporting Aliquippa Impact (AI)
Pamela Rossi-Keen began supporting Aliquippa Impact (AI) due to her brother’s, Steve Rossi, involvement. “It seemed to me like a good idea and a decent thing to do, but I soon began to realize, through this second-hand experience, that this was more than a do-gooder kind of initiative,” she said.
The longer Rossi-Keen has been involved with AI the more her view has changed. “The more I knew about the ministry, the more I realized that this fits well with my understanding of the slow, loving, empowering way Jesus worked while he was on earth and the way he still works,” she said.
In addition Rossi-Keen explained how she now views AI and what she appreciates in their ministry. “Aliquippa Impact is about entering into the struggles of people and being a part of their lives,” she said. AI strives to help people “understand their dignity and seeking, through mentorships and cohorts and summer camps, to get youth to dream and execute dreams worthy of their dignity,” she added.
When asked what her favorite aspect of AI is, Rossi-Keen was unable to identify one trait. Instead she said, “I love the cohort initiative because I love the idea of setting goals and building friendships with older kids who are nearing times of decision in their lives. I love the summer camps because it is an outreach to the whole community as AI staff loves their kids. I love the mentoring because deep bonds are forged in one-on-one relationships.”