Apparently the nation has found out what we already knew: The YMCA's Liberty House program is in an elite class.
The local program that helps struggling women and children get back on their feet recently received the Society for Public Health Education's 2013 Program Excellence Award.
The society looks at educational programs and chooses just one each year to receive the award, with previous winners including the Stanford Chronic Disease Self-Management Program.
Liberty House provides transitional housing for homeless women and children in addition to a wide variety of educational programs that include life skills training and classes on career and financial empowerment and creating a budget and training in resume building and cover letter writing.
The program has been providing this variety of services for more than a decade and refined its offerings following a recent study.
The results have been stunningly good, especially since implementing changes in services, with a total of 70 percent of program participants reporting they were able to find permanent housing.
And that is the point of Liberty House to give struggling women a permanent step up.
That takes a plan, compassion and efficient execution by capable, caring people. And that's what Liberty House has been offering for more than a decade. It's nice to see the nation has caught on.