For Richmond recently extended its community services by launching a Resident Resource Center at the affordable housing complex known as the Pullman Point Apartments. In this new series of briefs, For Richmond will be spotlighting the diversity of residents who call Pullman home, and their unique perspectives on life in Richmond.
We’ll begin by introducing our own Monica Boyd, a For Richmond employee working on-site at Pullman Point to help ensure the seamless provision of support services for residents.
Monica Boyd, Resident Services Coordinator, Pullman Point Apartments Resident Resource Center
Monica Boyd, with a history of serving the community and helping others, was an ideal choice to help provide resources to the Pullman Point populace. With a background that includes a recent tenure with the West Contra Costa Unified School District (WCCUSD), and even being honored by the U.S. House of Representatives for invaluable community service, the mother of three is savoring her chance to help improve the lives of Pullman’s residents—and getting to know them better every day.
“What I enjoy most about working at Pullman are all the wonderful people I meet on a daily basis,” says Boyd, who is helping bring these often-underserved residents such special services as a Soleil Kids Café daily breakfast program, First 5 Parent Cafe, senior services and many others.
“I’m hearing from the parents that the breakfast program really helps,” Boyd adds, also expressing enthusiasm for a burgeoning shuttle service providing free transport to the Richmond Senior Center on MacDonald Avenue for Zumba, pool playing and other activities.
With a background that also includes several years with the Richmond Community Foundation, Boyd says her passion for helping others goes back as far as she can remember.
“I’ve been serving all my life, and it’s something my mom instilled in me,” she says. “The importance of always trying to help others and being kind to one another.”
Boyd, working toward both an Associate Degree in business management with Contra Costa College and Certification in Nonprofit Leadership with the University of Notre Dame, believes a crucial part of serving a community such as Pullman Point is listening and responding to its residents.
“A lot of people have been opening up to us, and it’s been really great,” she remarks. “We’re just here to help improve their lives, whatever their needs are.”
Twelve Questions—Monica Boyd
1. Favorite unknown gem of Richmond: Love the John Miller Park in Pt. Richmond. I’ve been walking around there for 15 years or so.
2. Favorite book: Esther Anointing by Michelle McClain Walter.
3. Favorite eatery in area: Little Louie’s in Point Richmond/Mountain Mike’s in San Pablo.
4. Person who has inspired you the most in life: My mom with her willingness to help, a strong woman.
5. Favorite celebrity: Queen Latifah.
6. Favorite hobby: Spending time with my grandchildren and family.
7. Favorite place to visit: This year it’s been going to Southern California, my daughter is going to college in Pomona.
8. Favorite artist or musician: Luther Vandross.
9. Movie you’d recommend to a friend: Love the Marvel Comics movies, and all-time favorite movie is 13 Going On 30.
10. Favorite historical figure: Madame C.J. Walker.
11. Best advice ever received: To never give up on yourself (from mom).
12. Favorite thing about Richmond: The welcoming community.