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Paulina with her Newborn
All Peoples Program Facilitator Aracely Corona shares a moment from our All Peoples Supplemental Food Program:
Meet Paulina. Paulina is a 35 year old Latina women with three children. She walked into our supplemental food program with her new born daughter in her hands. She was accompanied by her sister. Paulina sat down at our intake table expressing that she needed emergency food since her husband had recently been laid off. As staff listened to her story, it was evident that she was also in need of a stroller. All Peoples had recently received a pallet of children’s items earlier that week through the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. In that donation, there was a stroller that also came with a car seat that fortunately was still available for distribution. Staff and interns worked to assemble the stroller, and when the stroller was ready, we surprised the client with the stroller. She was overjoyed with the surprise and expressed that she wanted to cry of happiness. Staff and volunteers helped Paulina in loading her bags of food into the stroller. She disclosed that her birthday had just passed and that this was a great belated birthday present. Paulina could not believe that she had received a stroller; one that she had always wanted for her baby. Paulina’s sister was also provided a bag of food. All Peoples’ staff and volunteers in the supplemental food program that day were humbled by the gratitude that was expressed by Paulina.
All Peoples Supplemental Food Program continues to seek an increase in donations to be able to support families in need of assistance from our Food Program as well as other Programs offered at All Peoples.
All Peoples – Meet Our Team – Tania Lopez
Let’s get to know Tania Lopez, All Peoples Community Center’s Case Manager:
Favorite Food: Asada Tacos Yummy!
Favorite Color: Black
Favorite Animal: Dog
Favorite Sports Team: Boxing
Favorite Quote/Saying: “Your Best Teacher is your Last Mistake.”
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center? All Peoples is an oasis that offers supportive programs and resources to a community that is underserved and under-resourced. For most, low-income families rely heavily on All Peoples to obtain educational opportunities and reach upward mobility through our programs. To ensure our clients reach these goals, it requires All Peoples staff members to uphold their clients with the utmost respect, dignity, and worth, they deserve.
Favorite Part of Your Job: The most satisfying part of my job is when my clients feel empowered. The ability to build rapport with my clients, gives myself the opportunity to accurately identify their strength and weaknesses; and assess their risk and protective factors to provide an appropriate referral for my clients. This also requires understanding and navigating systematic services and programs, and then conveying these resources to my clients. Oftentimes, this can be tedious process. However, it’s well worth the effort because once my clients feel invested and empowered, they typically gain the desire and stamina to achieve their goals, which gives myself much satisfaction in the work I do.
My Best All Peoples Story: My favorite memory at All Peoples was actually my first participation in their Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Seeing the overwhelming response from the community, local volunteers, and humbled staff members engaging and witnessing gratitude given by the community gave me a sense of belonging and happiness to work at All Peoples.
Hobbies: During my downtime, I genially enjoy spending quality time with my family. At home, I also find it a stress reliever to clean, reorganize, and decorate my home according to upcoming seasons or holidays. Yes, I love to stress clean! I also enjoy a good puzzle game!
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I used to be in gymnastics.
Me in 3 Words: Outspoken, Reliable, and Dedicated
We’re so happy that Tania Lopez is part of our All Peoples Family!