What do you do?
E.D. Rucker

Where do you work and what is your title?
       I work at the West Intergenerational Center. Iím the facility coordinator, which means I do windows also!
What do you do there and/or what are you responsible for?
       Through programs in education, recreation and leisure, we work towards helping neighborhoods and communities improve quality of life issues. I help to bring those programs together.
How long have you been doing this kind of work (total)? How long on the Westside?
        Iíve been involved with recreation since 1978 (27 years). Iíve been at the West Integenerational Center since 1999.
What do you like best about it (other than quitting time)?
       The people I meet. Working in the job I do allows me to meet people from all walks of life.
If you could change one thing (other than pay), what would it be?
       A bigger facility would be great, in that it would allow me more freedom to provide more programs to the community.
What part of your work did your training/education never prepare you for?
       Diplomacy. Over the years, I learned that the cookie cutter needed to be tossed. Each of us has something to give. When I learned that, the job became fun.
What makes working on the Westside special?
       People, people, people. The partnership with West Middle School and the Billie Speilman Center, and did I mention people? Working with different agencies and groups like the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN), I feel strongly that the cultural center of the city is the Westside!

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