Thursday, November 05, 2015

"Elbert Copeland spent eight of his formative years living in the Fulton Houses, a public-housing project in the Chelsea section of Manhattan, in the late 1980's and early '90s.

'Those years were pretty tough,' he said. 'There was drugs. There was prostitution.' He attended schools in the neighborhood, but he left in the 11th grade after seeing crime regularly spill from the street into his schools.

But at home, it was different.

'We always had love in our home,' said Mr. Copeland, 37, describing the affection his parents showed him, his sister and four brothers. 

From the November 3, 2015, New York Times story: The Neediest Cases - A Chance to Improve the Community, and Himself.

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