For some time, Raymond has dreamed of bringing together the elderly and school children in a day-care environment in which seniors can escape the loneliness of old age and youngsters can have a safe place to thrive while their parents go to school.
Her idea is based on her belief that each generation has something to teach the other.
The single mother of two is working on a bachelor’s degree in human services from the University of Phoenix with a goal of eventually establishing a nonprofit organization to make her center a reality. Her award will purchase a new laptop computer to make her role as an online student easier.
“I want to work with senior citizens to enhance their quality of living through proper meals, health care and general resources in the community,” she said.
“Older generations can make a wonderfully positive impact on the younger generation through their wisdom and old-school morals. I think the day care center will uplift people on so many levels,” Raymond said.