Eddie Torrance’s family moved around a lot when he was a child, but settled into RHA’s Fairgrounds family site when he was in middle school. Because security was significantly more lax at that time, gang influence existed there, so Eddie got on his bike and rode away, visiting the YMCA and friends off-site.
At the urging of his mother, Vanessa, he was determined to keep his young life on track through sports, school and positive friendships. Vanessa set the tone for all her children and encouraged them to work hard, get an education and lift themselves out of poverty. She did it by example; she went to school while raising her kids and became a practicing nurse. She eventually purchased the home she had lived in with RHA section 8 support and still lives there today, proudly and happily.
For his part, Eddie enrolled in Western Illinois University, finished his Bachelors in Florida, and earned a respected position of leadership as a Sergeant of the Rockford Police Department. He visits Fairgrounds as often as he can and strives to influence young residents in the most positive way possible: by example.
“They will tell me I don’t know what it’s like being a young black person in poverty, but I can say I was there."