What is your story?
Born in Chicago, I am the mother of three children, ranging in age from three to twenty-one. I went to school on South Side. I am a caterer by profession, and I volunteer at the school.
Where do you think the problems in Woodlawn and Englewood stem from?
To me, it starts from home. It’s something the kids aren’t getting at home that is bringing them to the streets and getting them to act out.
How do you deal with this?
I pray so hard. I get out in the community and I do things with kids, especially the neighborhood boys. For the most part, there is really nothing you can do because you never know who you’re coming across and who you’re dealing with, so it’s kinda hard. But I pray and I stay involved.
How did you become a member of MAP?
I was originally supposed to start last year – but I didn’t meet with Dede until this year. We had a one-on-one meeting and I decided to become a member.
What does being a member of the MAP group mean to you?
From what I’ve gained, it’s kind of like a sisterhood – a bond with people that I never saw myself ever interacting with.
What is your goal for MAP?
I would love MAP to accomplish peace in these streets. Something to where the kids on the streets know they have to get it together because the MAP moms are watching – that’s what I would love to see.
What does being a mother mean to you?
It’s my life – I am a mom, I don’t know what I would be if I wasn’t a mom. That is just my world, I can’t really put it into words.
What do the MAP mothers provide for each other?
Support and encouragement. Definitely support and encouragement.