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Dr. Ben Carson Sworn in as HUD Secretary

ben carsonWASHINGTON – Dr. Ben S. Carson, Sr. was sworn in today as the 17th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).   Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office with Secretary Carson’s wife Candy and granddaughter Tesora holding the bible.  Secretary Carson will now lead a abinet agency with approximately 8,000  employees and an annual budget totaling more than $40 billion.

Among his first actions in his new role, Secretary Carson plans an ambitious listening tour of select communities and HUD field offices around the country, beginning in his native Detroit.

“I am immensely grateful and deeply humbled to take on such an important role in service to the American people,” said Secretary Carson.  “Working directly with patients and their families for many years taught me that there is a deep relationship between health and housing. I learned that it’s difficult for a child to realize their dreams if he or she doesn’t have a proper place to live, and I’ve seen firsthand how poor housing conditions can rob a person of their potential. I am excited to roll up my sleeves and to get to work.”

For nearly 30 years, Secretary Carson served as Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Children’s Center, a position he assumed when he was just 33 years old, making him the youngest major division director in the hospital’s history.  Dr. Carson received dozens of honors and awards in recognition of his achievements including the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s highest civilian honor. He is also a recipient of the Spingarn Medal, which is the highest honor bestowed by the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).

Dr. Carson has written nine books, four of which were co-authored with Candy Carson, his wife of 41 years.  Together, they co-founded the Carson Scholars Fund, which celebrates young people of all backgrounds for exceptional academic and humanitarian accomplishments. The Fund has recognized more than 7,300 scholars, awarded more than seven million dollars in scholarships, and installed more than 150 Ben Carson Reading Rooms throughout the United States.

Born to a single mother with a 3rd grade education who worked multiple jobs to support their family, Secretary Carson was raised to love reading and education.  He graduated from Yale University and earned his M.D. from the University of Michigan Medical School.  He and his wife are the proud parents of three adult sons and three grandchildren.  Read Secretary Carson’s full biography.

Save the Date: Community Block Party

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- In an effort to increase the peace and decrease the violence and to restore hope in the City of San Bernardino, the San Bernardino Pastors United will be having another Community Block Party. The purpose of the gathering is to let the community know that the Churches are here for them and to let the community know that hate will not define us, and love conquers all. 

On Saturday, March 18 at 2 p.m. all roads lead to Jefferson Hunt Elementary in San Bernardino. Dr. Joshua Beckley of Ecclesia Christian Fellowship, will be the special guest speaker, Local area churches The Way World Outreach, ICUC, Life Changing Ministries, Victory Outreach Church, First Baptist Church, Kingdom Culture Worship Centre, 16th Street SDA, San Bernardino SDA, Westside Christian Center, Spirit of Love, Catholics of African Descent, COPE, Life Center Church, Lifeway Church, Church of the Living God, Out of the Pulpit Ministries, and many other churches Unite the City.

SBPU is expecting over 3000 in attendance as we give away Free food, free groceries, free shoes, free health checks.  We are asking the community to join us as we bring:  “Healing, Change, and Progress” to the City of San Bernardino, for more information call 909-353-7977 or email sbpastorsunited@gmail.com. Thank you for showing that San Bernardino is still Strong.

Thank You for Your Gratitude

Bryon Tillman

Bryon Tillman

SAN BERNARDINO, CA- Westside Story Newspaper would like to thank “Byron Tillman Transport,” for providing the transportation that delivered toys to many children doing the holidays. It is people like you that make the world a better place.  Thank You!