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Able to gain self sufficiency through program

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Greenwich, CT | Added on June 11, 2013 At 03:23 PM

Leslie Novella is about to graduate from Greenwich High School.  Her dream of heading to Babson College in the fall is now a reality.

Tuesday, Leslie and her mother received a check worth almost 25,000 dollars - their own money they've saved over the last six years.  

"I'm really proud of not only my parents but also I'm really proud that I've been able to hold on to these four years and work really hard in school," said Novella.  

They've been able to save that money through the Family Self Sufficiency Program - led by the Greenwich Housing Authority and Family Centers.  The program helps families achieve economic stability.

"It allows people who initially would not be able to save money on their own, it presents them the opportunity to," said Marisol Rivera, the manager of self sufficiency and independent living programs at Family Centers.  

"It really goes to their hard work to tell you the truth, because what they've done, the dollars can be used to do anything that would economically benefit the family," said Tony Johnson, executive director of the greenwich housing authority.  

That mentality led her to receive full tuition at Babson, where she'll study International management and sustainability.   The check they received will cover the cost of room and board.

Since 2006, the program has given over 77,000 dollars to nine families (through their savings).  It's supported by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.  


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