First Literacy Scholar: Damus


Damus came to Boston eight years ago when the United States welcomed victims of Haiti’s magnitude 7.2 earthquake in 2010. She stayed with friends, found work housekeeping, and ate turkey sandwiches morning, noon, and night to save for her own home. She studied English at the Cambridge Community Learning Center and in two years progressed from housekeeper to waitress to Certified Nursing Assistant. Damus expects to continue with her studies in the RN-BSN program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. Her goal is to become a Nurse Practitioner and open her own practice. Damus is appreciative of the support from First Literacy, as the assistance granted her some financial breathing room to focus on her studies.