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Carole Meekins: Positively Milwaukee

2/15/07 Fullfilling a Dream

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There is nothing more inspirational than to meet a person who has turned their life around. They are beacons that throw light on wayward travelers. I have been blessed to have watched a Milwaukee woman grow personally and professionally. I first met Sandra Richardson in 2003. She was E.R. Wagner's first woman and African American hinge line operator. What really moves me is her story. Sandra was once homeless and addicted to crack and dealing drugs. She is also a survivor or rape. But Richardson has been drug free for 17 years ago. Today she's a woman of faith working two jobs. Richardson's latest job fulfills a life-long dream to own her own clothing store. But to accomplish her goal, Richardson did not leave her full time job as a machinist. Instead, she is working overtime to grow her new store at 79th and Appleton. She runs it with her partner Shirley Rowsey. We recently taped a Positively Milwaukee at "Richardson-Rowsey/Unique Sizes Unlimited." I saw what perseverance, hard work, and faith can accomplish. Sandra Richardson continues her journey. I am blessed I got to travel along at least part of the way.

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