Tribute to Ivia Hobbs

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By Ann McGowan Porath, Esq. – Managing Attorney of Intake and the Volunteer Lawyers Program

On January 3, 2014, Ivia Hobbs, Intake Specialist at The Legal Aid Society of Cleveland, passed away. The loss to our organization is immeasurable. Joining Legal Aid in 1970, Ivia worked tirelessly to create better, more efficient and effective systems to make Legal Aid more accessible to clients.

She was a no-nonsense person who would speak the truth, even when the truth was hard to hear. She was a clear thinker. Ivia never saw a problem she didn’t work to solve, and did so successfully. She was giving. She would always pitch in, always fill in, always do the task that needed to be done. She was kind and forgiving. She understood that everyone has challenges, and she was always supportive. She was a great listener. She had a great sense of humor.

Ivia taught us so much at Legal Aid. In recognition of her critical and central role at Legal Aid, Ivia received Legal Aid’s Leadership Award in 2009. Ivia was an inspiration for us all. She continues to be an inspiration.

When Ivia Hobbs celebrated her fortieth anniversary with Legal Aid, she was asked what kept her at Legal Aid all those years. Ivia explained, “I’ve stuck around because of the people. Legal Aid is a very caring place to work. That’s rare – and exceptional.” Ivia was rare and exceptional and we will continue to feel this loss for a long, long time. Mostly, we will miss our friend.

In Ivia’s honor, Legal Aid will dedicate our Intake Call Center in her name. Ivia’s spirit will continue to guide how we welcome new clients to Legal Aid.

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