San José City College student, Thomas Goin, was honored as the keynote speaker at the Santa Maria Urban Ministry fundraiser held in the San José City Hall Rotunda. SJCC Acting president attended the event.
Santa Maria Urban Ministry provides a food pantry, clothing, and child care services to the community. Thomas is a volunteer with the non-profit, which he has credited with getting him through challenging times, including homelessness.
In his speech, Thomas thanked San Maria and SJCC for helping him realize his dream of getting into college and on track to receive a degree (see an excerpt of his speech below).