In 1995, in the heart of Philadelphia, Jerry Jackson stumbled upon an organization that would change his life forever. A lost soul, Jerry had found his way to OIC as a student. With no home to call his own and no employment prospects in sight, hope was a luxury he couldn't afford. But OIC had other plans for him. Not only did he graduate from their program, but he also became one of their most dedicated employees, serving the organization to this day and for an impressive 19 years.
Walking its corridors, Jerry would often hear whispers of legacy. Younger students would speak of their parents and even grandparents who had also been part of the OIC family. Since its inception in 1964, OIC had seen countless individuals transform their lives, leaving behind a powerful legacy of success and growth. Jerry would often bump into alumni on the streets, some of them now successful business owners, all with a story tethered to OIC.
For Jerry, however, OIC was more than just an educational institution. From a park bench in West Philadelphia to the corridors of OIC, he found a chance for rebirth, a new lease on life. OIC wasn't just an organization; it was an inspiration, a beacon of hope for those who, like Jerry, needed a second chance.