CLC Alumni Hall of Fame
2016 Doris Walden & Isaiah Walden Butler
Born with a heart defect, Isaiah was rejected by other providers but welcomed at CLC. Doris credits CLC with putting both of them on a path to success by providing her son a safe place and helping her pursue a career. Doris, who also attended CLC as a child, received a college recommendation from CLC staff and said CLC provided the critical first shot at employment by hiring her as assistant teacher. Doris eventually worked her way up to head teacher. She is now a Health Center Manager at Planned Parenthood and volunteers with the Jackie Robinson Foundation and Yerwood Center.
Isaiah’s strength, attitude and resilience through years of health problems and a heart transplant has been a source of inspiration. He is now a junior at AITE in Stamford and plans to study business communication or media production after graduation.
2015 Andres Soto and Chaz Daviscz
Andres (pictured, at left) could barely speak when he started at CLC. He went on to study engineering and applied science at Columbia University and can speak English, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. He credits speech therapists at CLC with developing his language skills and helping him discover his potential.
Chaz (pictured, at right) is an artist whose work has been shown at the Arts & Crafts on Bedford Street fair and won accolades in the Ferguson Library Art Competition. His family says CLC’s environment is creative and open for artistic children. Chaz has been working on animated short films featuring his original characters.