“When I got my house, my street was quiet. Two years later, things started getting out of hand with my neighbors. I am a single parent. I own my house. I’m from Mexico City and I never saw such bad behavior: prostitution, people being disrespectful. Nobody knew what to do. I knew that just screaming louder wasn’t it. I started working with neighbors, started a block watch. Then I learned about these classes. Maybe this is what I need to know, how to organize and get people together. The biggest thing I got out of this training? There is a way to organize yourself, give you understanding that your instincts are right. It has all the basics. What moved me was desperation to get quality of life.”

 

     --Claudia Herrera, grassroots leader, Resident Leadership Program graduate