The Nonstop Nurturer: Meet Voncile Jackson Swoopes

By Intisar Seraaj “You are the one,” Voncile Swoopes was told by her mother. Her mother is now deceased, but Swoopes remembers when her mother asked her about being a foster parent during a car ride, about two decades ago. Her mother said she had been watching TV and...
The Voice for the Voiceless: Ruth Staggs

The Voice for the Voiceless: Ruth Staggs

By Intisar Seraaj “I died in 2006,” Ruth Staggs says smiling. “I’ve had 18 surgeries and they were all life-threatening. I died twice from bleeding to death from one of my [medical] conditions.” Since 2000, Staggs says she’s had on average two major surgeries...