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The Good News Project : Woman Shares Story On How They've Changed Her Life

By: Jonalee Merkel Email
By: Jonalee Merkel Email

Who means the most in your life? Your parents? Children? Your Spouse?

Well, one young West Indian woman has found her greatest inspiration in some folks from North Central Wisconsin.

Every January, volunteers from Wausau's Good News Project set out to help people in the West Indies.

Over the last quarter century, they've touched countless lives.

Imagine being young, deaf, poor and pregnant.

That was a frightening reality for one young woman in St. Lucia about 20 years ago.

When she needed help the most, the Good News Project was there, becoming like an extended family to her baby girl named Julietta.

They fed her, clothed her, and built a roof over her head.

Today, that baby girl is a young woman, who thanks the Good News Project for the person she is today.

"There is so much to be thankful for, you know, when you talk about Juliette's life with Good News because they did play an instrumental part in my life and my family's life," says Julietta Gonzague, "There has been a relationship with Good News and my family from even before I was born."

She says, "January was a month that I always looked forward to cause that was the time Good News people came ..."Christmas was always in January for me as a kid cause that was the only time, you know, I got toys when normal kids got toys from their parents in December."

"Apart from the physical and the giving stuff, the clothes and all of that, the members of the Good News team, they've been very loving and supportive," says Julietta.

"Sad to say, even if you know, your family members loved you, it wasn't as evident as they way the members of the Good News team showed it. People like Peggy and Chuck, always the simple things of the hugs and the pat on the head, or head rub, all of those things just made you feel loved," she says.

Julietta says, "The Good News did play a role in my moral upbringing, my social upbringing, all the discipline that I have, the attitude that I have."

"They encourage young people, they shape lives, they change lives," says Julietta, "Good News will always be a part of me."

"They've been there from conception for me and now, right now I'm at this age and they're still working to change lives and someday, maybe 10 years from now, another kid, you know, will be able to speak of the good news of Good News," she says.

And there is more good news about Julietta, she's been attending Grambling State University, where she's expected to graduate in December, a year ahead of schedule.

Her major, Broadcast Communications.

By the way, Julietta was actually in Wausau back in 2008.

She spoke at the Good News 25th anniversary dinner.

Julietta says it was at that event where she realized how much Good news truly means to her.


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