"As a volunteer, my dreams for the after-school program exceed our resources. We currently operate in a small, old building that is deteriorating daily. While the building diminishes, the size of our student count increases annually. I have experienced the positive impact the center has had in my life and academic career. The center provided me with everything from school supplies, computer and printing resources, college tours, academic support, to leadership training. I know my generation could not be the last to have access to such a blessing.”
“In order to ask for help in sponsoring the new building, I had to expose the poverty in our community and at our center. Our circumstances do not define us; they strengthen us. It was after I explained the needs of our center and our lack of resources that I became aware that I am a part of something that is bigger than me.”
“I am ecstatic about the plans for the construction of the new building to house the Development Center. Knowing that by sharing my story I am helping the upcoming generation of Haitian Americans have access to resources that will help them to succeed is gratifying.”
“I have seen the prideful grin on their tiny faces when they answer a math equation correctly after several attempts. I have heard the engulfing sound of joyful children at play. I have heard the powerful testimonies of adults who attended the program as a child. I have the conviction that this center and the community created by this center needs to be protected for many years to come."