Hardworking Mom Sales Candy To Keep Daughter at Howard University

The Windy City is no joke thats for sure, but Moms’ like Chausii Roberson do not let uncomfortable situations stand in the way of making things happen for her or her daughter, Howard University student Jiara.

Sometimes Jiara calls me so worried asking how we will afford her next semester,” Roberson reveals with a sad smile.  “I always tell her that I will handle that.  I say ‘baby focus on your studies.  I got the rest.’”

In recent weeks, the chill has hovered in the teens and worse … the type of temperature that sends even the hardiest of residents fleeing to warm buses, cars and the creature comforts of home.

But the bone-chilling weather isn’t a factor for Chausii Roberson, affectionally known as “Howard Mom”  a 42-year-old single mom of four.  At least a few days a week, she is out in the elements in front of Andrew Carnegie Public School in the city’s Woodlawn neighborhood.  Around 3 p.m., she parks her car about a block from the front door and waits patiently for middle schoolers to come streaming out of the doors, their shrieks piercing the winter air.

Then, her “store” opens for business.

howard mom 1Just outside her car door in a plot of dried, dying grass, she hawks packaged honey buns, potato chips, Skittles, and Snickers.  Typically, she is sold out in 15 minutes or less with nothing but cardboard and wisps of plastic wrapper as a reminder of her efforts.

“I make $20 here, $30 there,” explains Roberson, who met with JET a few feet from her makeshift candy shop.  “It’s not a lot of money I know, but every little bit helps.”
Read it at Jet.

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