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GRACE APARTMENTS OFFER YOUNG RESIDENTS THE OPPORTUNITY TO SHINE
Several of the youngest residents at Grace Apartments in Denver, Colo., lifted their voices in thanks and celebration this January, for two different and exciting projects. The first was a short film produced by Mercy Housing wherein the youngsters addressed the homeless epidemic sweeping the country and thanked Mercy Housing supporters for providing their families with a safe place to call home. The second was Denver’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, in which many of the same youth marched, carrying a banner they designed and created themselves.
“Grace Apartments is unique among the properties in Colorado’s portfolio in that the majority of the residents are refugees, many from third world or war-torn countries. Many of the programs offered at the property are designed to help residents acclimate to life in America while, at the same time, honoring their individual cultures and homelands.”
It was Grace’s After School Program where we found our young stars, who were all ready and willing to sparkle for our cameras.
“It was a really beautiful experience,” said Catherine Edwards, director and editor of Mercy Housing’s short film. “Of course, they were all adorable, but I was most impressed with how ready the kids were to work with me. They were polite and well spoken and very, very charming. I think that’s a testament to their families, of course, and also to the staff’s work. They are obviously loved and that really comes across in the final product.”
Check out the video below!
Next up on the youngsters’ appearance schedule was Denver’s annual MLK Parade and not even the chilly January morning temperatures were enough to discourage these little marchers. Eleven children and three chaperones joined hundreds of other parade participants in Denver’s City Park for the festivities and subsequent parade.
“It’s very fun,” said Rosine, a 8-year old refugee from Tanzania. “Today, I march for Martin Luther King. Now, I will dream his dream for him.”