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Staff Profile: Alissa Tyghter-Gerald 

Reinaldo Cruz, known to BronxWorks staff members as "Cruz," has worked in Maintenance at the BronxWorks Morris Innovative Senior Center (Morris) for the past 27 years.  Born in Puerto Rico and residing in the Bronx, Reinaldo relocated to the east coast in the early seventies. He worked on farms in Delaware and Connecticut for a few years before moving to New York City.
 
Reinaldo states that he uses his hands to explore the world, always repairing and tinkering with appliances at home, and spends his free time fishing on City Island and the Long Island Sound. Reinaldo's skills with his hands serve him both at home and at Morris, where he is a resourceful repairman and dedicated employee. In fact, when a water main recently broke at Morris and resulted in a flood, Reinaldo arrived in his fishing gear, ever-prepared for even the worst of conditions!
 
According to Rosalina Luongo, Program Director at Morris, Reinaldo is extremely trustworthy and reliable, "which is priceless," she said.  His work is defined by his humility and shaped by his dependable and punctual personality.  "He's the first one there when the center opens," said Rosalina. Reinaldo knows Morris inside and out. "No one knows the Center like Reinaldo does," Rosalina added.  BronxWorks is lucky to have an employee as talented and loyal as Reinaldo Cruz.

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Click below to read the 40 BronxWorks Stories that highlighted our 40th anniversary year

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#37 Betances Community Center Advisory Board: “We have PhDs in ‘street’!”

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#35 Camila R. – By helping another, she helped herself

#34 Jean Smith – A Lifetime of Caring and Lifting Lives

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#32 FEPS – Reducing fear, confusion, and homelessness

#31 Horatio G. – Building his future through language

#30 BronxWorks Blue Waves – Swimming for Fun, Fitness & the Future

#29 Abubacar W. – Big Steps for a Little Boy

#28 Bedtime Stories – Lifting lives through reading & caring

#27 Tyrese M. – “I get another family”

#26 Eva M. – Intra-agency collaboration results in happiness and a home

#25 KC, Shannon, & Christopher – Making Children’s Lives Better

#24 Veronica, NCJW, and HIPPY – “Not alone in this journey through life”

#23 Maria R. – A 23-hour bus ride and her faith saved her life

#22 Ronald G. – "Crossing a bridge to better health and stability"

#21 Stephanie M. – From Attitude to Aptitude

#20 "Reweaving the social fabric of a neighborhood"

#19 Catherine M. – "I'm not a sit-down kind of person!"

#18 Judy Leonard – A Letter to BronxWorks Friends

#17 Rachea C. – Achieving Milestones, Step by Step

#16 Eric Hill – Miles & Music

#15 BronxWorks and Super Storm Sandy – Dedication, stamina, and grace personified

#14 Milagros R. – One dress, many dreams

#13 Heights seniors take the healthy lead

#12 Nidia R. – Minor repairs = major relief

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#10 Cristina, Raymond, Crisbelly & Aaron – Growing up at BronxWorks

#9 Jeniffer M. – From the South Bronx to South Africa: the visit of a lifetime that almost didn't happen

#8 Nathaniel S. – "I'm right there beside you"

#7 Diana S. – Overcoming tragedy: "I'm still here"

#6 Irodney P. – "I want to earn it not have it handed to me"

#5 Natividad C. – A bond of mutual respect and genuine affection

#4 Michael J. – "What was given to me was given freely"

#3 Kathryn Speller – Retiring from work, not her passions

#2 Alfredo C. – "Thanks to you, Dad"

#1 Jonathan P. – Striving for Excellence

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