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Cuba's Story

Cuba Barber is a young woman on the move. Her early history includes moving from family member to family member before finally entering foster care. Originally sent to a group home in Greensboro, Cuba moved to Crossnore at the age of seven and stayed with us for two years.

Beating the odds.

Beating the odds of many kids who grow up in foster care, Cuba graduated from high school in 2017. Her grades earned her a scholarship from her high school to help pay for her studies at Longwood University in Virginia. Cuba began her freshman year studying creative writing. During the summer, Cuba and Deirdre were evicted from their housing so Cuba took a gap year to work and become independent. Defying the odds again, Cuba was able to support herself and to purchase her own car.

As she began to look at going back to Longwood, Cuba learned that Crossnore has a scholarship program. As we like to say, “once a Crossnore kid, always a Crossnore kid,” and so Cuba applied for the scholarship program. “Crossnore came through with a kind and generous gift,” she said, and now Cuba is back in school as a sophomore.

A second chance at a dream.

Cuba has dreamed of being a writer since she was 12 years old. She knew that she needed a college education and so when she thought she might not be able to return to school, it was a hard disappointment. Cuba says she thought she’d have to work and save the money first before she could return to school. “When I learned that Crossnore had this program, I thought there was no way. I hadn’t been at Crossnore in years,” says Cuba. But she filled out the application anyway and says she thinks about that a lot. Without the scholarship, she wouldn’t have been able to return to her studies where her professors think she is very talented and has a good chance to get into a doctoral program. “That wouldn’t have happened without these funds to go to school,” Cuba says gratefully.

Plans for the future.

Cuba’s ultimate goal is to teach creative writing at the university level and become a published writer. Her dream is to have something she has written be adapted into a movie or TV show. “It’s a big dream but I think it’s possible because I’m back in school and have many people pouring into me,” says Cuba. “That wouldn’t have been possible without Crossnore and I’ll always be grateful.”



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