Our Voices

Our Voices

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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Shawn Fitzpatrick, Associate Director of Manufacturing at Shire Pharmaceuticals, Just-A-Start Board Member, and Biomedical Careers Program Graduate

My hunger started, and eventually I got my first job, and then I haven’t really looked back.
Shawn Fitzpatrick wasn’t sure exactly what he wanted to do with his life after high school. He started working, but didn’t found anything that seemed right for him right...
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