Ignacio Patricio

real estate investor My parents did real estate, but they never really talked about it. hey speak Spanish; they don’t know any English. So, they just ran into accidental real estate right around when the market crashed in ‘08. I graduated from Dieruff. You know, I did OK in high school, but I really became […]

Kenny Cruz

Allentown L.E.A.D. coordinator, Real Estate Lab graduate I’m currently a 24-year-old Latino here in Allentown. I graduated from Penn State in May of 2020. I was doing engineering at first, and I would be walking to a class for engineering. But I’d be walking, not motivated, to get to class. Why is everybody else walking […]

Manica Levy

Allentown real estate investor​ I always knew I wanted to be a realtor; I wanted to put people in homes and invest in myself.  I went to Scott White [to obtain my real estate license], which is located in Bethlehem, and because of COVID, I did everything online. I would work my normal job Monday […]

Mathew Pezon

Real Estate Lab director A personal story I think people want to hear? Well as it relates to real estate, I would say that real estate has changed everything for me and helped me to learn about investment. I’m from Allentown was born here and investing for me has been a way to improve Allentown, […]

Living in Allentown: Sherri Brokopp Binder

“For us, the most important thing is for people to feel safe, for people to feel supported and connected because it’s through those relationships that they can start to heal. We all have things we need to heal from.”

Ben Torres

Promise Neighborhoods Everything I do is for my kids. My kids are my reason. Our kids in the world are the future. I say that because when I was growing up, I wasn’t anyone’s reason. I grew up in Jersey City. It was a really rough neighborhood. Fights, shootings, killings, stabbings, and all that stuff […]

Blake Henry

Ripple housing director I grew up in Mt. Vernon, Illinois, and went to college at Fuller Theological Seminary where I received my Master of Arts degree. I worked as a group pastor at a Church in Arizona for a few years before I moved to the Lehigh Valley in 2019. Once I was settled in […]

Living in Allentown: Missy Wise

“We are all in the same community. So, I think bringing awareness to what we’re doing, bringing awareness to what is trauma and how impactful trauma is, how important relationships can be, and just giving people dignity and respect.”

Living in Allentown: Andrene Brown

I lived in New York City for most of my life after coming to the United States from Jamaica. I moved to Allentown in order to be closer to my dad. I instantly fell in love with the city and it was a nice change in pace from where I came from.