“There’s love in this community”

January 18, 2024

Meet one of CHWC’s customers. A single mother, bus driver, and an avid seamstress, CHWC customer Canita grew up in Wyandotte County. She and her mom, Annette, embody the community spirit that they say makes Wyandotte County special.

“If somebody needs something to eat or drink, she’s always willing to help,” Canita says of her mom. Annette has lived over 50 years in her current neighborhood and is known for her willingness to help others.

“I want to leave that kind of legacy in my life,” Canita said. She carries on the tradition now, telling about the summers her youngest son brought home friends who had no place to stay. Having her own home is integral to being able to offer this kind of support to others. It’s clear that investing back in that home is not just an investment in one family, but in the larger community.

Last year, home repair funds from CHWC allowed Canita to replace old flooring, update smoke alarms, fix cracked joists in the attic, treat water problems in the basement, and repair the back deck. She said it’s like having a brand new home.

“I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else” 

Canita’s journey, from being a little girl in Wyandotte County to giving back as a school bus driver, holds deep meaning for her. “That’s the most meaningful thing in my life,” she said. “I wouldn’t want to live anywhere else. Even if I did go somewhere else, I’m going to always come back.”

Annette was quick to point out a card from Canita’s students that serves as a testament to the positive impact she has on kids’ lives. “Our favorite bus driver,” they called her.

People might say negative things about Wyandotte County, but according to Canita, “There’s love in this community. When something bad happens, we all jump in and help. There is a love in this community no matter what race, where you come from, and who you are.”


“They don’t have to go somebody else’s way”

As much as Canita and Annette love this community, they would love to see more opportunities for children in the neighborhood. Recognizing the creativity of her students, Canita advocates for outdoor activities or art based activities to keep them engaged and away from potential troubles.

Addressing the challenges faced by the youth, Canita encourages them to pursue their dreams and resist negative influences. “They don’t have to go somebody else’s way,” she passionately asserts, emphasizing the potential for a brighter future within the supportive embrace of their community.

Annette and Canita have built a legacy of love, compassion, and resilience. Their story is a testament to the strength of our community.

With our neighbors and supporters, CHWC is working to build a Wyandotte County where every person can feel at home in a neighborhood they love. If that’s a vision that means something to you, we need your support! Click here to learn how to get involved.

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