The Gang’s All Here

July 22,2009
Talia's Blog
Talia Rivera( )

Talia Rivera is a 33-year-old mother of two. As Executive Director of Villages without Walls, she works with high-risk gang members in Boston. [Read more]

I sat in a chair like a school teacher in an empty classroom. But instead of students, it was my boys I waited for. "It’s ten minutes to two, where are they?” I watched the door and the clock. Then the door swung open and they began to walk through it. I took attendance (mentally). Jason is here. Patrick is here. Damien is here. All eight of them are here. I sighed. They all made it through the weekend without being arrested or shot. "Alright guys, take a seat and let's get started."