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T here are times when Shycole Simpson-Carter returns to the public housing community where she grew up in Mount Olive. She'll visit the area along McDonald Drive with her daughter, a daughter she's been able to raise in a home with a father, stable income and a future. Simpson-Carter, the City of Goldsboro's Community Rela- tions director, has shared parts of her story with the community where she serves as a connector between government and people from all walks of life in the city. She's known for her work in co-organizing the city's summer youth employment program, Our Community Cares fun days at neighborhood parks, helping people with low-income housing needs and working to bridge the gap between people from differ- ent ethnic backgrounds. Sometimes, she's the only person some residents trust. GROWING UP IN MOUNT OLIVE When Shycole was a little girl, her mother would often tell her, her sister and two brothers to get out of public housing and never look back. "She would do that so much that I thought she didn't want us around," she said. "She used to tell us, 'You get a degree and get out of town.' "She didn't want us to repeat history. My mom wanted us to break that cycle." Her mother came from a middle class family but decided to make certain choices that resulted in her becoming a single mother of four children. "When she got older, she wanted to sow her wild oats," Shycole said. "She didn't have any assistance, and she wasn't working all the time. One of the reasons we truly ended up in public housing was my mother. She said she made the choices she made to have four children by age 24, and she was not going to ask anyone in her family to help her." As a child, there were many times when food was scarce. Shycole and her siblings wore pants with holes in the knees and they slept on a mattress on the floor. Her mother often stuffed old towels or sheets into the mattress to keep the springs from pushing through. "We didn't have a car Difference Making a Progress Heart in the city Shycole Simpson-Carter is a connection between the city of Goldsboro and people from all walks of life — an appropriate job because she knows firsthand the struggle of poverty, and through her own experiences she helps others with compassion and heart. TOP: Shycole is comforted by her husband, Keyon Carter, and mother as she remembers playing as children with her late brother in the backyard of their childhood home. BOTTOM: Shycole answers the phone in her office at Golds- boro City Hall, working to get the word out for the Interfaith Breakfast that she is planning. "... I know what it's like to not have hope. There were many times I didn't have that, and I want to give that to people. Somebody helped me when I couldn't help myself, and I've got to do the same thing." — SHYCOLE SIMPSON-CARTER Shycole Simpson-Carter, right, poses for a photo with her mother, Beverly Simpson, in front of the apartment they once lived in on McDonald Drive in Mount Olive. The experiences Shycole had while growing up in low-income housing shaped who she is today and her desire to help those in the Goldsboro and Wayne County communities. Inside of the King In the service Marcia Whitley saw the children in her community who needed basic necessities, and instead of standing idly by, she embraced the responsibility with open arms and an open heart, beginning the nonprofit All The King's Children. Page 2 A hero in disaster After Hurricane Irma devastated the United States, Tetoya Gibson-Preston was called to help. Working with the Red Cross she hopped in the Emergency Response Vehicle and traveled to South Carolina, Georgia and Florida to offer a helping hand in the relief efforts. Page 4 A mighty gift Andrea Freile, communications instructor at Wayne Community College, teaches with heart and passion, and through her teaching, her students feel empowered and loved. Page 11 In a time of social strife, violence and drug abuse, local community action groups answer the call to action, with a mission to organize, cooperate and put the wheels in motion for a lasting change. Change in motion Page 14 See Page 9 Story by Rochelle Moore Photos by Casey Mozingo C News-Argus Goldsboro Friday, February 23, 2018

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