There was music in the air as W.A.I.T.T. House prepared to celebrate its 2016 Graduation Ceremony! One could almost hear, ‘Oh Happy Day” or ‘Celebration Time’ or ‘We are Family”! Twelve adult graduates born in the United States, Cape Verde, Jamaica, Antigua and Haiti, represented the determination and perseverance necessary if one is to overcome obstacles and achieve success.
The dream of a High School diploma is what brought these adults to W.A.I.T.T. House in Roxbury, Massachusetts. After balancing family responsibilities, jobs and class schedules the realization of donning cap and gown and receiving that coveted high school diploma was now a reality, a dream come true. Their pride, words of gratitude and tears could not be contained.
Noted during this ceremony was that W.A.I.T.T. House was awarding its 500th High School diploma that day. Kathy F. a Cape Verdean mother of two was the most proud recipient of that distinction. “Oh Happy Day”, for our graduates and all of us associated with W.A.I.T.T. House! For more than 35 years the mission of W.A.I.T.T House has been alive and well. This is a commendable achievement here in the city of Boston.
Throughout these many years countless grants and individual donors have supported this mission financially. W.A.I.T.T. House does receive a grant from the State which is insufficient to meet salaries and other expenses. Finding the necessary matching grants and interested donors is a constant challenge.
Although only one Sister of Charity is presently teaching at W.A.I.T.T. House, the Sisters of Charity continue to be one of the most generous financial supporters of this most needed ministry. Daily, all of us at W.A.I.T.T. House express in different ways our words of gratitude to those who enable us to keep on keeping on.