Recognizing determination

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, August 7, 2002

Whether you live in a mansion or an apartment, your life is up to you. As staff writer Luefras Robinson detailed in Sunday’s edition, Connie Broady is a noteworthy example of someone who confronted a shower of problems. Broady has conquered them through her determination, an improved education and, of course, her faith; now she’s licensed to operate a day care from her home.

As she put it, &uot;I don’t have to worry about any more bosses and co-workers. I knew there was a higher calling on my life, but I just needed to keep the faith. I’ve been wanting to be in business for myself a long time.&uot;

The Suffolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority recognized the efforts of Broady and 12 other public housing and Section 8 residents last week during a ceremony in the East Suffolk Community Center.

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Other residents have improved their lot in life through earning general education diplomas, nurse’s aide certificates or office skills.

It’s important not only for the SRHA to show its appreciation, but also for the agency and individuals to be publicized. This serves as a notice that folks in a Section 8 or public housing situation can likewise raise their personal standard of living.

During the ceremony, SRHA Executive Director Clarissa E. McAdoo pointed out, &uot;…Education is so important. It is what has held us together as a people.&uot; School Board member John R. Riddick added emphasis, &uot;Education is power. Work hard because tomorrow is coming.&uot;