February 2018 Newsletter
CHICANO FEDERATION’S AFFORDABLE HOUSING PROGRAM
Carmen Torres became a mother at the age of 16 - by the time she was 20 she was the mother to three beautiful children. She worked hard her entire life to support her family and after her children were grown, she worked to support and care for her elderly mother. When her mother passed away in 2009, Carmen fell into a deep depression. She was unable to work and became homeless.
At the urging of a friend who lived at the Chicano Federation’s Vista Serena apartment complex, she applied, knowing that the waiting list was long. For years, Carmen waited hoping to get the call that would put her on the path to reclaiming her life and her independence. Last year, the call finally came.
Carmen has been a resident at Vista Serena since June, 2017 and she could not be happier. She raves about how clean the property is, how wonderful the apartment manager is and how much she loves all of the residents at Vista Serena. “We really are a family here. We take care of each other.”
“I am so happy,” says Carmen. “Chicano Federation is the best. The programs are so helpful and I feel really blessed to be here.”
EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM STAFF APPRECIATION
Beyca Granados is a member of our Early Head Start Program and has been with the Chicano Federation for two years.
Chicano Federation’s Early Head Start Program is a home-based child development and social services program. The goal of the program is to provide parent education services for low-income families and connect children and parents with needed dental, medical and community services.
Currently, Beyca’s families include numerous children with speech delays and she prides herself on working closely with each family in a special way to provide individualized plans to help each unique child thrive.
Beyca’s favorite part of her job is getting to know so many different families and the opportunity to work closely with children. She aspires to have a career in social work and will be graduating with her Psychology degree next year!
Thank you for all that you do, Beyca!
GIVE THE GIFT OF LOVE
Celebrate this Valentine’s Day by giving the gift of hope to local low-income families, children, and seniors seeking a better life.