Participants brought their ancestors' stories and their own personal experiences to share. One resident shared this story about her grandmother:
"I always remember my grandmother; she was like many of the women we remember from our past. She raised seven children -- four girls and three boys. She did this virtually by herself, because her husband, my mother's father, died when my mother was only two years old.
"The thing I remember the most was that she was one of the gentlest persons I ever knew. I never heard her complain, and I never heard her say a bad word about anyone. I can’t say she was a mentor, because I didn't really know her that well because she died when I was 12 or 13. But she did teach me, by example, that through poverty and adversity, you work hard and do what you have to do to get through. And you can do all that with dignity, gentleness, and grace."