At a time when so many refugees in America are facing an uncertain future, one man’s story may offer them hope. Born into Haiti’s poorest class, Jocelyn “Josh” Apo was just 20 years old when he and 60 others crammed onto a makeshift boat and set out on a 17-day overseas trek to the United States, seeking a better life. Apo says his faith and ability to find joy in the little things helped him change his life. Since arriving in the US in 1980, he’s been a migrant farm worker, nursing home employee, and middle school custodian. His positive attitude inspired a parent of one of the students Barker Road Elementary School to help him write his 2017 book, “Gold from the Well.”
Apo will discuss his experience and sign copies of the book at Bernunzio Uptown Music (122 East Avenue) Friday, November 17, from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. For every book sold, $5 will be donated to a grassroots effort to revitalize Apo’s home in Haiti. The event will also feature Haitian music, refreshments, and a raffle. Admission is free. For more information, visit bernunzio.com or call 473-6140.