We’ve been celebrating Stimulus’ first year anniversary with a series of events in different parts of the state.
The focus of the celebration was on how Stimulus has impacted and changed lives. I accompanied Governor Patrick to
The faces we saw in those three visits were varied -- by age, by race, by background, everything -- but they all were all eager to have their stories heard. Dennis Condo, who works in weatherization for A&M Contracting in
Sixteen-year old Domingo Quiroz described the impact of the Stimulus-funded afterschool program at the North Shore Community Action Program on his plans for the future. The best part of that day was when Domingo explained to the Governor that as part of his program he learned to put together his resume. He then boldly took his resume out of his bag and handed it right to the Governor, just in case the Governor might want it, he said. It was tremendous.
Dara Etienne, a very cute fourth grader at the
I don’t think there was a dry eye in that room as the Governor addressed Derek Lilly, who, thanks to help from a Boston ABCD stimulus-funded job developer, got a job at Roxbury Technology. Derek had been describing what it feels like to be able to buy sneakers for his son and be a role model for him. “When you talk about what you do for your son, that’s what this is all about,” the Governor told him.
I couldn’t agree more, Governor. That is what Stimulus is all about. It’s about helping people like Derek find a way to make a life for themselves, especially through getting a good job.
You can see Derek tell his story here.
There are so many more stories. I wish I could tell them all. Check back here often – I’ll be sharing as many as I can over the next few weeks.
Do you have a Stimulus story? Let me know in the comments.