My parents taught me that my greatest resource was service to others. I learned at a young age that helping others is not just a moral responsibility, but how I should define myself. Service is what gets me up in the morning.
I believe that everyone is entitled to be the best they can be, and that certain institutions can help them achieve their aspirations. One such institution is the Brookline Housing Authority. It has the authority and ethical responsibility to provide one of the most basic needs a person has: housing.
Many, for a variety of reasons, do not get the chance to dream or aspire to greatness, in part because of inferior housing. Housing is perhaps the greatest door to success and conversely the most significant barrier. One can equate housing with wealth, access to education, good health or segregation.
How we run our public housing offers a view into how we view our most vulnerable.
I have been fortunate enough to be able to dream and succeed. Achieving even a modest amount of success has given me the courage and responsibility to try to help open doors where there are steel barriers. Whether real or perceived, I believe that it is my moral duty and that of our public institutions to try to help our most vulnerable.