When it comes to gun rights, no one is more passionate than Cleveland Resident Joyce Hairston. Joyce has lobbied tirelessly for State and City gun rights. As a volunteer with Buckeye Firearms Association, she has been a Regional Leader, participating in gun shows to educate people about important legislation concerning gun rights. She has also attended events held by the U.S. Sportsman’s Alliance held in Columbus, Ohio in support of her advocacy.
Joyce is also a Community Leader in the Slavic Village neighborhood of Cleveland. In 2009, being an avid gardener, Joyce joined the Union Community Garden at the intersection of East 74th Street and Union Avenue. It was a brand new community garden and the soil was unseasoned. During that first year when members of the garden began abandoning their plots due to the frustration of failed crops, Joyce’s expertise surfaced to literally save the Community Garden from closure. She taught other members how to successfully grow crops, emerging as Garden Leader.
During the off-season Joyce put her skills to work and secured a $3,500 dollar grant for Union Community Garden. The 2010 season was a stellar season for Joyce and the Union Community Garden. Entities such as Slavic Village Development Corporation, the Ohio State University Extension, Neighborhood Connections and Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli took notice of the fact that Joyce was turning the Community Garden a thriving urban oasis. That year she established partnerships with the Cleveland Public Library and University Settlement where Joyce’s garden donated the bulk of their harvest to help feed the residents of Cleveland.
As we all know, success comes at a price. During the 2010 growing season, expanding on her already phenomenal success, Joyce had a Deck built which was to be the foundation for her new Greenhouse. As fate would have it, the windstorms of that summer totally demolished the greenhouse that she had had built.
Through it all, Joyce persevered, hosting youth workshops in the garden and a number of events geared towards helping the community.
In 2011, the third season for Joyce and the Union Community Garden, Mother Nature stepped in as she did around the country and with rain-saturated soil, the garden suffered. But looking forward to 2012, Joyce still commissioned a flower garden to be built.
Joyce has been featured in The Neighborhood Voice, a local Cleveland newspaper. In recognition of her efforts, the top brass at University Settlement have approached Joyce concerning plans for development of a new Market Garden in Cleveland. Also the Washington, D.C. Bureau of TF1 French Television will be visiting Cleveland on November 14 and 15, 2011 to interview Joyce concerning Union Community Garden.
Joyce has hopes of making 2012 the best year ever for the Garden and the Slavic Village Community.
Despite her background of being an adopted child and fraudulently disinherited by her adoptive mother, Joyce has emerged as a true hero in her Cleveland Community. Being poor in every sense of the word, she never ceases to try to find and implement ways of helping those around her.
Many children, the products of dysfunctional homes end up in jail or dead on the streets without ever seeing their twenty-first birthday; however, since moving to the Slavic Village Neighborhood, Joyce has helped to raise countless children in her community and it’s very heart-warming to see them come back as adults and thank her for the time, love and discipline that she devoted to them. She is affectionately known throughout the community by young and old alike as Ms. Joyce.