In his pursuit of the American dream, Hussain rode his bicycle from South Lowell to Pawtucketville to mow lawns. He delivered fliers for The Sun. He delivered pizza.
He became a U.S. citizen, took some training courses and landed a job in human services. For the past 15 years, he has worked as a vocational resource specialist and mentor for the disabled and developmentally challenged.
â€œI want to do something for the people of the community who have no one to speak for them,â€ he said. â€œThey need to be heard.â€
Hussain said that as an â€œAll-American City,â€ Lowell needs to better embrace its diversity and include people from all backgrounds in the decision-making of the city.
â€œI believe the future of Lowell is about working together, educating our children and making everyone feel that they are an important contributor to the community,â€ he said.