I had the privilage of helping people who lived in terrible housing try to change their lives. It was great work and I really loved it. There is a large poor area in Chico that for many years had been ignored by local politicians. Local residents used my services to help them organize a housing organization and through that group some real changes were made.
In the many years since I was there, the agency that sponsored our VISTAs made so many great changes that helped this community. There are now self-help homes, condominiums and other forms of ownership that allows ownership for all residences.
I have always been very proud of my VISTA service and the chance to serve my country and community.