Our Voices

Our Voices

Catherine Gillespie, Volunteer for JAS YouthBuild

“I get to work with students to build relationships. I love the 10-15 minute breaks where I get to have personal conversations with the students to understand their family life and the challenges they are facing.” – Catherine Gillespie Every now and then, JAS is fortunate to have some...
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Antonio Cruz, Housing Services Client

When everyone works together and helps each other out, the world is a beautiful place.
Antonio is so proud of his new apartment at 22 Water Street in Cambridge, and was delighted to show off his new place. His affordable, secure apartment – and the happy smile on his...
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Brenda Comeau, Data and Program Coordinator, Biomedical Careers Program

A career of commitment, caring, and giving back...
Brenda Comeau always puts her family first – always has and always will. It’s the way her mother and father raised her, growing up in this area. She also has a very strong work ethic; she has worked since she was 15...
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Jennifer Ramsey, Just-A-Start Resident

Coming home...
Jennifer Ramsey is “born and raised in Central Square, Cambridge”, as she puts it – as were her parents and her grandparents. Now, her son is the 4th generation of her family to be brought up and attend school in this part of Cambridge – the same...
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John Altidor, Case Manager, JAS YouthBuild and former Career Connection and Summer Youth Enrichment Program Participant

John Altidor’s parents came to Cambridge from Haiti in 1997, when he was 9 years old.
John faced challenges adjusting to school in the U.S., and he wasn’t able to do as well as he wanted academically. In eighth grade, a career counselor told John about Just-A-Start’s...
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John Dunn, Home Improvement Program Client

John Dunn has lived in his house in Cambridge for a long time.
In 1957, his parents bought the house and 19-year-old John, his two siblings, and their parents moved into a lovely single-family home – the American dream. After his brother and sister got married and moved...
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Kayla Troche, 2016 Biomedical Careers Program Graduate

Kayla’s passion is science, and she’s also good at math – which made the Just-A-Start Biomedical Careers Program a perfect fit for her.
She had started her college education at Framingham State College as a biology major, with the hope of becoming a wildlife...
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