Peace and blessings,
My name is Salil Gomez, and I thank you for taking the time to ready my plead for assistance. I was fortunate enough to be in the METCO program, that I was able to attend a wonderful high school. I graduated from Newton South High School as a legacy scholar with high honors. I am currently a freshman in college at The University of Massachusetts Boston. I am studying development and business management. What I hope to achieve by obtaining this education, is to become a developer for low-income areas to provide not only affordable, but safe and healthy housing for those like myself, who are less fortunate. A little bit about how I became interested in this, and made this my mission is because of my trip to Detroit. I visited some family in Detroit, where I witnessed living conditions that just were not okay with me. Abandoned streets. Abandoned homes, broken windows, cracked and split streets. This is what I want to change. I want to rebuild, and reconstruct these homes. These streets. I aim to rejuvenate the energy that these communities lack. Bring back the positivity and joy there once was in certain areas. This is a goal that I am determined to accomplish. Though I seek help. I was able to pay for my first year of college, through a few scholarships, some financial aid, and with the majority of my own earnings. However, due to a recent decline in my fathers health, I can’t afford to work anymore. I am required to provide for him and the household of just us two. I come home after school, to care for him. He is disabled and retired. I do what I can, because that is how I was raised. I was taught to care for my parents, how they would for me. The little income he does receive, is something which is better than nothing, though does not help much. The fees for the medicine that his body requires is not covered by insurance. I have sold jewelry, furniture, any materialistic possessions that have value and are not necessary for sustaining our health and lives. Though, I believe that one way or another, I shall prevail. Either through the help of a or many generous people, or through the works of God. I have worked hard to arrive at the position I am currently at with my life and journey. I refuse to allow this to hinder my goals and hold me back. I also refuse to put my goals first over my father’s health. Which is why I am seeking help in any way possible. May God bless you all, and reward you for your kindness and understanding. Thank you.
~ Salim Gomez.