My name is Claudius Miller, Jr. I was born and raised in New Orleans, LA (Central City). As a matter of
fact I was not born in a hospital; I was delivered by a mid-wife in the Calliope Housing Project. We all
grew up together, eight boys and four girls. As our family grew, we moved from a two bedroom
apartment in the projects to a three bedroom apartment. There were fourteen of us, including my
mother and father. One bedroom was for the girls, one bedroom for the boys and the other bedroom
for my mother & father. It was rough and tough, growing up in the projects. But we made it through.
We went to church every Sunday. We obeyed our mother and father who brought us up well. Both
parents are deceased now.
Both of my parents worked hard to provide for us, and no matter what we all stuck together through the
bad and good times, because every day was not a sun-sitting day. It was very hard, but we had God and
we prayed together. My daddy had many jobs and also my mother. That is where we got to know
about work. My brother Joseph and I started working early; we had a job on the paper route. My
brother was eleven years old and I was twelve years old. We would get up at three in the morning to
start our paper route. And all the boys who were able to push a lawn-mower had grass cutting jobs.
And another thing, my mother made sure we went to school. If it was pouring down rain outside, we
still went to school. I graduated from Booker T. Washington Senior High School. After High School,
there was nothing to do, so I volunteered for the armed forces. I went to serve in the United States Air
Force. All of my brothers went to the military except one. Also my daddy was a military man, having
served in the U.S. Navy.
I loved growing up in New Orleans; it’s a great city. I have lived all over the city. I have been working as
a security guard at Stronger Hope Baptist Church since 2001. I would like to thank everyone, for all the
help and support I am getting from Habitat and everyone who is affiliated with Habitat in helping me
reach my dream of owning my own home. I can’t thank you enough and may God bless each and every
one of you. I mean it from the bottom of my heart.