My name is Carol Barrow. I have been homeless for a little over a year. My husband was incarcerated about 2 years ago and I went to stay with my family because I was not making enough money at that time to support myself. However, living with my family did not work out and I was forced to come to the Kearney Center. Since then I have been able to secure stable income but I don’t have enough money saved at the moment for first month’s rent and the security deposit. If I receive assistance to get into the apartment, I will be able to maintain the monthly rent and utilities. My landlord is securing a apartment for me and is giving me until January 1st to pay these fees.
Where did you grow up and what did you like about your home town?
I grew up in Louisville, KY. I lived there until I was six and then we moved to Florida, where I remain. I liked my hometown because it was a nice small town and they have a Kentucky Derby Racetrack, where they run the Kentucky Derby race every year.
Do you have any brothers or sisters?
I have younger sister. However, she moved up North a few years ago and we have not been in contact. I don’t have any other siblings.
Do you have a favorite movie? If so, what scene is your favorite?
Star Trek. I like science fiction movies. My favorite scene is when Spock tries to sit there and says “This is logical” and McCoy tries to figure out what is logical about this situation and Captain Kirk looks at them like they are crazy.
Do you have a favorite genre of music? if so, which artist and song best represents it?
My favorite type of music is R&B. My artist is Michael Jackson. I love his song “Man in the Mirror”, I like it because the song is set up where you sit and look at yourself and the people around and you learn that there are people with different types of faces, different backgrounds and cultures.
Given a choice of anyone in the world, whom would you want as a dinner guest and why?
I would want to meet President Obama because he was the first black man to become president. I believe that he has interesting goals for this country. He fought really hard to get to where he was because no one believed that he would become the first black president. He would work with foreign leaders to determine how they could help him benefit our country along with their country.
For what in life do you feel most grateful for?
That there is a place like this (Kearney center) that will work with you to get what you’re trying to accomplish. I like that there are services such as GED services, where you can come here to better yourself. It’s great that a place like this exists where you can take a shower and have a place to lay your head at night. It’s nice that you can meet people here and help them to meet their goals while they are here.