By Barb Piscopo

I came to Lorain a little over six years ago because I needed a job. That was it, plain and simple. 

What was it that captured my heart? Because that is why I stayed.

I fell in love with Lorain… Its people – their honesty, their passion for their city, their strong sense of place.

I fell in love with the diversity that is Lorain… So many people from different backgrounds with unique stories all here to make their contribution.

I fell in love with the water – the lake and the river and how they can be a focal point for Lorain’s renewal in leisure and nature, lifestyle and entertainment.

I could say that I fell in love with the possibilities that this city holds – for historic preservation, for community engagement, and collaboration.

As Toni Morrison said, “From my point of view, your life is already a miracle of chance waiting for you to shape its destiny.”

Photograph by Jen Navarro – Navarro Photography

I took this opportunity because I needed a job. I stay because I love a challenge, and it is an honor to work with individuals who want to make a difference in their community. 

I do what I do every day because of you. I want you to be caught up in a love for Lorain just as I have, and I want you to be engaged in the city that you call home in a way that brings you joy, that stokes your passion, and that makes a positive difference in your community. I want you to respect the past of this city that is marked by grit, hard work, and determination.  Respect this city marked by resilience and hope for a better tomorrow. Respect this city marked by honesty and integrity and a strong respect for the truth and the dignity of each human being – no matter their race, ethnicity, their creed, or their sexual orientation.

I want you to realize that the inheritance you claim as a resident of Lorain – while it is your right – is also your responsibility, and it can only survive if you cherish it and work every day to keep it alive.

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At the end of the day, we are all “LorainProud”!