Let’s get to know Kristie Gonzalez, All Peoples Community Center’s FamilySource Case Manager:
Favorite Food: Sushi
Favorite Color: Green
Favorite Animal: Elephant
Favorite Quote: “Men of quality are not threatened by women of equality.”
How would you describe All Peoples Community Center: All Peoples is a place to help the community. It is a place where clients can seek help on a variety of things from food, to youth programs, to housing related services. And if we cannot help immediately we will find resources or direct the client elsewhere where they can seek the help they need. Point is the client does not leave feeling like they were not helped or wasted their time. It is a place where clients can feel safe and feel supported.
Favorite Part of Your Job: My favorite part of my job is being able to help clients whether it is something big or small. It is hoping to make a difference and alleviate some of the stress a family or client may be going through. Also, being able to provide clients with resources that they may not be aware of. I also enjoy being able to encourage clients that their dreams are possible and achieving their goals is possible. Sometimes all it takes is a little push or someone that believes in you.
My best All Peoples story: My favorite All Peoples story is when I gave my clients their holiday presents in December. I could tell Mom’s spirit was low and I could tell she felt defeated because of everything she had been going through. Parent thought she was not going to have presents to give to her children that holiday season. I know it really meant a lot to her and her children. We cried (tears of happiness of course).
Hobbies: Dancing, Hiking, and Traveling
Fun Fact About Me/Hidden Talent: I use to Polynesian dance and perform.
Me in 3 Words:Feminist, Smart, and Honest
We’re so happy that Kristie is part of our All Peoples Family!
About All Peoples Community Center
All Peoples Community Center (All Peoples) is an all-encompassing neighborhood center whose mission is to provide social services and programs that empower individuals and promote community, respect, and self-determination for all.
Founded in 1942, All Peoples has served as a true safe haven and trusted place for low-income children and families in South Los Angeles. Today, All Peoples provides a myriad of social and educational services to more than 6,600 people per year in its 20,000-square-foot center located in a residential area of South LA’s Vernon-Central neighborhood, immediately south of downtown Los Angeles. Services are designed to achieve the following goals: to help children succeed at each stage of development; to strengthen and support individuals and families and build community; to prevent violence and crime in the community and the home; to address the root causes of gang involvement; to provide job training and create job opportunities; and to help seniors stay active and engaged.
All Peoples is a vibrant hub of activity for children, youth, and families six days a week, year-round. Services include licensed extended day childcare, after school programs, academic tutoring, a computer lab, summer camp, summer jobs, an alternative high school, workforce development and career assistance, financial literacy and education, parenting classes, domestic violence support groups, food distribution, a community micro-garden, a senior volunteer program, and more.
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