Meet the Humans of the Keys

Meet the Humans of the Keys

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Rich Lemmon


"I was an interpreter for Bosnian refugees here in the U.S. during the Bosnian War. I have worked with a lot of kids and helped them acclimate into the U.S.
I learned to speak Serbo-Croatian as an exchange student back when the area was communist. It was my junior year in high school. I arranged the whole thing without my parents knowing about it, I never thought they would say yes. I wrote an essay to get a scholarship to go, I took independent classes after school for Russian as a base language to see if I could do it, and I had a teacher who had a friend in the State Dept. and my teacher directed me to a pilot program for this. They took 2 kids from every state. I applied and got it. The guy with the program went with me to my parents to talk to them about it and tell them what I had done. By now they couldn't say 'No'!
I was also a therapeutic foster parent and social worker before I came to the Keys. I worked with a lot of kids.
I am most proud of being a therapeutic foster parent. The kids still call me and let me know how they are doing and how they are improving. Then I give them some advice and they keep going.
Before all of that, I was a diver. Why did I stop all I was doing? I missed the water; it is as simple as that."

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