Tri-C Student Works as Community Advocate to Help Those with HIV/AIDS


CLEVELAND – Brenda Roth-Metzger decided to return to school to help her community. The 54-year-old Cuyahoga Community College student is a role model for youth in Cleveland’s Central neighborhood.

She is making a difference as vice president of the East 73rd Street Community Club and was awarded by Burten, Bell, Carr in 2011 for her work in the Central neighborhood. Most recently, the Cleveland Health Department honored her for her work on behalf of HIV/AIDS.

“You see, my late husband (Herbie) lived with AIDS for more than 25 years and we were married for five years. His motto was live for today, because tomorrow is not promised. Each time we separated, we said ‘I love you.’ He took his last breath in my arms,” Roth-Metzger said.

Metzger’s experience drove her to help get local people tested for HIV and receive the care they need. When she first moved to the Central neighborhood, she also worked with her husband to rid the area of drug houses and prostitutes, thus reducing crime. Their efforts took years, but they brought about a better community.

“I am glad to be pursuing my associate degree at Tri-C and to be able to help others, said Metzger, now in her second semester. We sometimes forget that we all play an important role in helping others, and when we work together we can make great things happen.”

Metzger ultimately wants to earn a master’s degree in urban studies and focus on continuing growth in Greater Cleveland. Meanwhile, she is taking a break from classes this summer, but will be busy with the community club on a number of projects.

Anyone interested in volunteering or donating supplies for those projects may reach Metzger at 216-432-1001 or



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