To support the youth of East Garfield Park as they aspire to tackle higher education, Breakthrough honored six neighborhood seniors for the inaugural Greer Scholarship program at a special banquet on Tuesday, July 17 at the FamilyPlex.
With clear skies and scorching weather, Breakthrough’s Home Court series held its first outdoor installment of the summer on Friday, June 29. Food, games, competition and scholastic achievement were seminal in bringing the East Garfield Park community together in the sweltering sun.
Family is of the utmost importance to lifelong East Garfield Park resident James Davis Sr. He remembers a time in his neighborhood where community and unity thrived. When it comes to raising his children, these are the ideals he hopes to instill to help equip them to impact Garfield Park’s future.
In underserved communities like East Garfield Park, youth thrive when they have access to networks of support and spaces where they can develop. As more residents, children, and businesses utilize the FamilyPlex, Otis’ dream is realized.
Rozy hails from a small, beautiful Caribbean island in the West Indies called Dominica. For 15 years, Rozy worked as a civil servant in her native country’s government. When her family migrated to America, she felt her purpose was threatened. How could she be a resource to the people around her in such a large, unfamiliar place?
She started by passing out water bottles to those in need, suffering from the humid Houston summer heat. What started as a monthly day of service, became both a public watering hole and an on-the-street ministry. "That was an upside for me being in the US. Dominica is a small island with needs to be met but I never thought that I’d see so many people in America with so many needs. It really touched me.”
When Rozy’s son asked her to move with him to the West Side of Chicago, she resisted it at first, but eventually she was led to her breakthrough.