Frankie Capers, Food & Service Worker at Georgetown University Einstein Bros Bagels

"When my kids were little, I made a promise to them that I would always tell them the truth - even if it got me into trouble. And I always encouraged them to do the same.. Every day when they came home from school, before we had dinner, my kids and I used to talk about how we spent the day and we were honest with each other. I always left the door open for them to tell the truth and have loved my children no matter what.

My oldest daughter works as a manager at Catholic University, and my youngest daughter is a school teacher - she's about to get her second masters degree! For being a single mom that my husband walked out on and having to raise 2 girls by myself – I think I’ve done a great job.. but ultimately I don’t take the credit. I give all the credit to God. I thank him for the favor that he has over my life and over my kids."

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Dean Perticone, Utilities Plant Worker at Georgetown University

"When the snowstorm Jonas hit earlier this year, it was all hands on deck! Many of us stayed on campus to shovel.. I'm not going to lie, it was back breaking work. There was 3 to 4 feet of snow and we were working 12-hour shifts.. Many of us weren't able to return home to see our families for days. ..But what really made it all worth it was seeing the smiles on some of the students faces when they walked by us and the many thank yous that we got from them.. It feels good when people actually appreciate your work."

These workers are responsible for ensuring that every building on campus has air conditioning, heating and electricity. Students aren't typically allowed to visit the plant which leads to rare interactions between the students and these unsung heroes. However, during the snow storm, workers from all of the departments at Georgetown had to help clean the university -- which provided Dean & other new plant workers the opportunity to interact with the students for the first time.

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William Carter, Facilities Management Worker at Georgetown University

 

"My advice to the students is to find out where your gift lies...because that's where the money is. When my daughter was growing up, I began to notice that she wasn't able to read and write as well as the other kids in her classes - even all the way up to middle school. But she was street smart! She was also very analytical.. Throughout the years, she learned how to develop her gifts. Now she is the founder & CEO of her own business and for two consecutive years, it has been voted as one of the fastest growing minority businesses in the DMV area!"

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The Utilities Plant is located right near the McDonough Gymnasium. These workers are responsible for ensuring that every building on campus has heating, air conditioning, and electricity. Students aren't typically allowed to visit the plant which leads to rare interactions between with these unsung heroes and the students.

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Michael Blaboe, Facilities Management Worker at Georgetown University McDonough School of Business

 

Michael Blaboe, Facilities Management Worker at the Rafik Hariri Building Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business.

"I cherish my wife and the life we had together. 5 years ago, she died of breast cancer. My entire life changed.. Everything went down hill. There was no support anywhere. I had to quit my job and start all over. Now I work close to 50 hours a week to pay for my daughters tuition."

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Kelly Robinson, Food & Service Worker at Georgetown University Leo O’Donovan Dining Hall

"To be honest, I can't wait to get here and see my kids (the students). Many of them are so far away from home and I treat them like they are my own.. Some days, they could be down and I can tell that something is wrong.. But I always try and put smiles on their faces! If it weren't for the students, I would not be here."

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