Recently we asked some community members some questions: 1. What are you willing to tell us about yourself? 2. How do you feel about your community? 3. What would you like to do to help your community? 4. Where do you see yourself 5-10 years from now?
All of these community members are part of "Putting Winton on the map for something good" and we are so proud of them. Everyone of them have made tough decisions to look beyond the here and now to the future ahead.
All of them have dreams of a better future for their children.
Here are some of the answers:
My name is Z. I am 40 years old and have 4 children. I think we should have no more bad people around the community. There is just to much crime around this place. I would like have some English class so that I can teach my kids more. I want to own my own home and send my kids to college.
My name is M and I have been married for 13 years and have 4 children. I think there is to much vandalism and gang stuff going on. I would like to start an ESL class and maybe computers that teaches the basic stuff. Have a home and have my children in college.
My name is S. and I am 44 and have been married for 30 years. I have 6 children. I don't want gangs and drugs and crime. I want to learn more about English and computers. My kids need to go to college and work professionally.
I am 40 years old and have 5 children and 3 grandchildren. I am happy to live here and want to help my neighbors and friends. I want to work in an office or maybe in the school with children.
I am 49 with 6 children and 19 grandchildren. I enjoy my grand babies, enjoy fishing and camping and I love my job. What Winton needs is more police so that when something happens the cops will be there right away. There are some great community members around like Ernie and Rosemary, they help people, listen and the center has clothing and food and other stuff. They are a great support. Hopefully one day I will run my own work in the community.
I am 24, have 3 kids and that pretty much changed everything for me. My life is positive. I think to make Winton a better place we need need more police to lay down the law. I want to volunteer to make it a better place. I want to have my own place and a good job.
I am 26 and have 7 children. I feel the community needs a lot of change like sidewalks, parks, less gangs and crime. I am part of changing Winton because I want to see my kids grow up.
What none of them shared with you is the hardship they have endured, they struggles they have faced, the handicaps they have to overcome!