BY AMANDA MOSES
March is Women’s History Month, an annual commemoration that highlights the contributions female figures have made through-out history. In honor of this month -long celebration, the Spring Creek Sun has compiled a list of Spring Creek Towers’ (SCT) residents who have made momentous strides in the community, art world, and educational system.
Rebecca Caraballo is the President of the Starrett City Tenants Association (SCTA). Since 2008, Caraballo has served her presidency as the liaison between management and the tenants. She has been the voice for the residents in their times of need and has worked with management to help share any important notifications. Caraballo has lived in Spring Creek Towers since 1980, where she has raised her family.
As SCTA President, Caraballo has helped raise funds for other community organizations, such as the Judo Club, Starrett City Girl Scout (SCGS), the American Cancer Society, Spring Creek Teen Central, and the Starrett City-Spring Creek Lions Club, Inc. She has also dedicated her time to building comradery amongst residents through fun projects. Caraballo has hosted a Back to School book bag giveaway (along with other school supplies), food drives, annual blood drives, as well as a Fall Harvest celebration and Holiday Lobby Decorating event. She also hosts an end of the year celebration to thank all of the residents who have participated in these activities.
Caraballo is a strong advocate of tenants’ rights and she has spent over ten years representing the SCTA working and developing communication between management and friendship among residents.
Denise Spann Morgan is a renowned actress, singer, philanthropist, and journalist. Morgan grew up on the groovy sounds of Motown, and since 2015 she has been working on bringing back the flavor of 1960s music with her band, Denise Spann Morgan and the Marvelous Marvelettes. In addition to Motown, Morgan has spent many years expanding her repertoire of R&B, Jazz, Gospel, Blues, and Country music. She also proudly states that she has performed the National Anthem in every national park in the United States.
In addition, Morgan is a word-smith of lyrical poetry and journalistic prose. She has written for the Spring Creek Sun, The Afro-American, The Amsterdam News, The Atlanta Journal, and many other publications. When she was a little girl, her parents instilled in her two things—a love for music and humanitarianism. Her philanthropic efforts span from singing to terminally ill children to performing in various New York State Prisons. She also developed a program in Washington, D.C. called the Diva Dynasty Performing Arts Institute, which helps teens prepare for their future careers in the arts.
Morgan is the perfect example of an artist who believes in using her craft to uplift the lives of those around her. She has truly lived her life in the service of art, and whether it is through her stellar performances for underprivileged individuals or her work with teens aspiring to become entertainers, Morgan is a star whose beacon shines hope for all of those who love music.
Yvette Grant is a longtime educator whose commitment to the New York City Educational system has earned her a series of accolades and credits such as: listed in the Congressional Record as Who’s Who Among America’s Teacher, named as an Outstanding Young Woman of America, earned a Literacy Leaders Certificate from CUNY, as well as an Advanced Leadership Program Assistant Principal Certificate from the Council of Supervisors & Administrators at the Executive Leadership Institute. Grant currently works as an Assistant Principal at PS 159; however, she has also taught at PS 213 and was a Summer School Parent-Facilitator at Abe Stark Primary School (PS) 346. She is a board member of the Brooklyn Reading Council and the Public Relations Director for the National Sorority Phi Delta Kappa, Inc. -Theta Chapter. Every year, Grant works with these organizations to host an International Literacy Day event (usually on the first or second day of school in September) in the Spring Creek Towers’ shopping center. This annual extravaganza distributes over 1,000 books to the SCT community for readers of all ages. She is also the founder of the Popular Literacy Club and Vice President of the Golden Decade Foundation.
Grant is a staunch believer in equal educational opportunities for everyone. It is this strong belief that fuels both her efforts within the New York City Public School system as well as programs outside of it, such as the International Literacy Day Book Giveaway. She also regularly participates as an annual Spring Creek Towers’ Scholarship Program Panel Judge.
Ruth Horowitz is an avid volunteer within the Spring Creek Towers’ community, and has been one since she first moved into the neighborhood in 1981. This 94-year-old is an incredible woman who continues to serve as both the President of JASA Starrett Senior Center and as Second Vice President on the board for the Starret City Tenants Association (SCTA). She volunteers her time distributing lunch to the JASA seniors and then holds an adult coloring class entitled, “Color Your Stress Away.”
She is a member of the Spring Creek Senior Partners (SCSP) Gardening Club and is a former member of the Friends of Penn and Fountain Parks (renamed the Shirley Chisholm State Park in 2018). Her dedication to the envi-ronment will continue this summer when the Shirley Chisolm Park opens. This momentous occasion is something Horowitz is both excited for and gratified to see the fruition of decades of hard work with the Friends of Penn and Fountain Parks.
Horowitz has a long history working with children through the New York Department of Education and with the New York Girl Scouts. Her service goes beyond working with Girl Scouts; she had even volunteered her time to sell war bonds during World War II as a teenager.
Horowitz is the picture of kindness. She is always on the go volunteering her time or lending a helping hand to those in need.
Photos by Amanda Moses Rebecca Caraballo, and image of Denise Spann Morgan courtesy of Rahim Fortune