"Highbridge Community Life Center is not about taking the steps for you, but teaches you how to become self-sufficient."
Yolanda Romero is committed to strengthening families and improving her neighborhood. She has lived in the community since 1987 and has worked for the Highbridge Community Life Center for much of her adult life. In 1994, Yolanda came to Highbridge Center as a single-parent needing support services for her family. She found the help she needed and now shares her experience to help others.
For more than 10 years Yolanda has been working at Highbridge Community Life Center. She started as an Americorp Vista Volunteer and successfully co-founded the Horizon Community Newspaper and ASWON, a community leadership group. Yolanda believes that the Horizon local Newspaper gives the Highbridge Community a "Voice." She loves the opportunity to meet her neighbors and share their inspiring lives through the newspaper. Community Members greet her on the street to discuss the latest news.
Yolanda has traveled to different communities throughout the United States-Tennessee and Arizona, California, Chicago, Florida, Washington D.C.- to discuss strategies towards solving local concerns and problems.
Currently, she is a staple is the Family Services Department where she outreaches to local elementary and junior high schools, agencies, and clinics. "This job gives me life because I get to connect with people. If I didn't carry out this job, I would be bored."
Yolanda proudest accomplishment is that her two beautiful daughters, Rose Marie and Cassandra are college students pursuing degrees at John Jay and Monroe College.