How many children do you have?
I have four daughters: Constance, 30, Latara, 28, Aisha, 21 and Alexis is 6. The last time I did an interview [with StreetWise], my grandkids got mad and said, “why didn’t you say our names?” So I want to say that I’ve got three beautiful grandkids. They are Jayla, 10, William, 7 and Kera, 3. They belong to my oldest daughter and she’s got one on the way.
How did you come to StreetWise?
I’ve been with StreetWise I think almost six years. When I was on welfare, I had to work for the check I got, so they sent me to different places. [I’ve worked in security jobs]. And somebody did hire me at a jerk chicken resaurant, so I worked there for about a year or so. Then I got laid off, so I came back to StreetWise.
Could you tell me more about your health condition?
I was diagnosed with COPD [because of my smoking] and I have to be on oxygen. Right now, I’m slowing off of cigarettes. [I really want to get it under control], because I have a 6-year-old and I want to see her grow up. I want to watch her walk down the graduation aisle. I want to be there when they tell the proud parents to stand up. I want to stand up for her. I also want to see her grow up to be a beautiful woman. And I want that for my grandchildren, too, because they are the same age. So I just want to be there for them, watch them grow and just see how their lives turn out and make sure they stay on the right track.
Do you have any plans for your youngest daughter, Alexis?
She wants to take dancing and piano lessons, so now I’ve got to work extra hard. I want her dreams to come true and [give her] the things that I wasn’t able to [have]. So I’m making plans to start her in classes in January. So I’m just hoping that if its God’s will, everything will turn out fine for Alexis.
What are your personal goals?
I’m looking forward to going back to security, but because of my oxygen tank, I can’t do a patrol site. I’m hoping for a desk site to sign people in that come into the building. I hope to go back to that in the spring time. But working with StreetWise has helped me so much. If it wasn’t for StreetWise, I wouldn’t have been able to pay my bills.
What do you want people to know about you?
I’m just an everyday person, like you are. I might not have the highest education or my finances may not be where they should be, but I’m just an everyday person. I love my kids. I love my parents. I do things right by the book of God. I’m no angel, but I’m not a bad person either. I’m just trying to do the best I can. I’d also like to say “thanks” to my customers who have been helping me. God bless them and even bless the ones that aren’t able to help me, too.
Written by Brittany Langmeyer,