She followed her dreams of creating a ‘village’ for her community

I first got involved with this
project back in July of 2015. I actually was just coming
off of maternity leave for having my daughter,
who like this project, is four years old. And I got a call and they said there’s
this interesting opportunity to build a community quarter back organisation,
we think you should take a look at it. And so I did and it really spoke to me,
it was really the work of my dreams, the work that I had always imagined being
able to come into my home community and do something very impactful. That really address
the root causes of poverty. Originally, my family
lived in Biltmore hills, which is just behind the tree
line of this campus. And then later we moved off of Davie
Street near Roberts Park Community Center. And so this community is near and
dear to my heart. It’s a very important part of who I am,
my relatives my aunts, uncles, cousins, brothers, sisters,
are all still here in Southeast Raleigh. Shortly before graduation from college,
my girlfriends and I were talking about what we
wanted to do once we left college. And even though most of us had plans to
go to graduate school, including myself, I said what I really wanna do is move back
home, find a way to make a lot of money so I can buy some land and
create this village for our community. Where you’ve got housing, where
you’ve got medical services, grocery. So that seed was planted way back then,
I had no idea. And so this work is not just a job, it really is a passion and a part of who I am and what I believe my life was intended to be. [BLANK_AUDIO]

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