“If you go into this neighborhood, you can see the buildings are crumbling. There are no resources for children,” Suazo said. “They have no voice. They were left to be forgotten when the [attack on Spector] happened. …We were so horrified by the situation but we wanted to see if there was a way to work together to come up with a solution.”
Spector was attending the event to update the community on what she’s been up to for the past year since two young teens jumped her in a parking garage and tried to steal her car. The attempt was foiled because Spector had the electronic fob needed to open the exit gate. Battered and shaken, her eyes blackened, Spector yelled for help, and two employees came quickly to her aid, catching one of the fleeing teens, a 15-year-old, in the process. The second teen, 13, was arrested two days later.
On Feb 8th, celebrity chef Robert Stewart (Chef Stew) shared his Transition Kitchen with 15 boys ages 10 - 18 from our YouthEmpower, Making of a Man & the G-Squad. They learned, laughed, made great food for 2 hours and left asking when they could come back again. Once Transition Kitchen is up and running we will be able to send our working age youth and adults into this program to help empower the community.