Letter: Connie Snow's 'vision' is timeless

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Editor of the Reformer,

It was 1945. I was 10 years old. My father came home. Four years earlier, he had moved my mother, my sister and me from New Jersey to Rhode Island to be near my mother's relatives while he served in the United States Navy. Now we were on our way back to New Jersey. My Dad didn't have a job waiting and where we were to live was a question.

All this leaped into my mind when I read the Reformer's front page headline of Oct. 31, 2019: "Snow Block vision becomes reality." The following story describes an affordable housing unit built in the heart of Brattleboro designed to house seniors, young people starting out, and those who may become homeless or are homeless now.

There had to be a Connie Snow in New Jersey in 1945, because when we returned the town had built five units called "the Barracks." Each barrack contained two apartments. My family was fortunate enough to rent one. The Barracks became an instant community. It gave stability and love of community to my 10-year-old self that has been a part of me ever since.

Connie, you and the Windham and Windsor Housing Trust will be crucial to so many lives for years to come. I wish I could thank those who provided a home for me so many years ago. Thank goodness there are always people who reach out to help others. Thanks Connie from my 10-year-old self in this 84-year-old body.

Lynn Martin

Brattleboro, Nov. 6

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