Poverty impacts thousands of people right here in the Capital Region, but SCAP wants you to know there is hope for breaking the cycle of poverty. That is why we created the Long Story Short campaign; to raise awareness of the strengths and successes of the people we serve and the difficulties they have overcome, as well as combat the negative stigma associated with poverty.
The benefits of sharing these stories is to motivate and inspire our customers and spread our message of hope. Additionally, through these stories we can showcase SCAP’s uniqueness and the many ways in which we can help.
Uhura Daniels was born and raised in New York City and is a native of the Bronx. He and his siblings were raised by their single mother who worked extremely hard to provide for her family.
Howard Vinick was born and raised in Schenectady County, spending his childhood years in Niskayuna. From the time he was young, Howard has been fascinated with art. He describes being, “An artist for his whole life,” always embracing opportunities to use his creativity to make beautiful artwork.
As a young woman, Damaris Cardona lived in New Jersey. She was married with four children. She thought her life was marvelous until one day her husband introduced her to crack-cocaine. Her happy home was suddenly shattered like a hurricane destroying everything in its path.
Katherine was raised in Schenectady’s Mt. Pleasant neighborhood in a large family with five children. Growing up, she said her parents were very strict and passed along strong moral beliefs. They were poor, but she felt she was provided them with a loving and strong family structure and values.
Tammy grew up in Hempstead, Long Island. She is the middle child of three girls and was raised in single-parent home. Her mother struggled to make ends meet and always had to work two or three jobs. Her mother would rush home between jobs to feed the family, then rush back out to work again.