Cindie Kouamé, 39

LISTEN: Cindie talks about home.

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When you think of the word home, what comes to your mind? (Excerpt from catalog)

When I hear the word home, I think of who surrounds me.  Who's here in my life helping me up, maybe pushing me down, even though they don't want to be pushing me down or maybe they are pushing me down.  But who's also there to help me up and supporting me and joining me in my excitement, in my accomplishments and in hugging me through my sorrows.

You have to have love in order to have a home.  To feel safe and secure, that love, the emotion of loving and feeling loved and feeling accepted and being wanted and showing that want to others who are around you.  You want to make sure they're feeling that same thing.  And that's how I feel like home is supposed to be. 

Now I am the parent and not the child anymore.  I am the one who is doing the teaching and the one showing what home means to my kids and to my kids' friends, showing them what that means, being in a home.  Home is where you are going to make it to be.