What are you up to these days?
"I currently work at the Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) in San Francisco as an Administrative Coordinator. I got married last year to my partner of almost 6 years now! Junia House heard a lot about him at the time so they were all invited to the wedding, it was great to have 4/5 of us together :) We live in San Leandro, CA. I love visiting my family in the Central Valley, going to concerts and traveling."
How does your year as a Loretto Volunteer impact your life today?
"It has clearly reflected in my resume: after a year in D.C. I came back to my home state of California and was a legal assistant at an immigration nonprofit in the Bay Area and now I'm working at another one! After college I didn't know what I would do with a B.S. in Psychology so I thought having a year to postpone that decision would be helpful for my career- little did I know that immigration would be the path I would take. That year also made me grow up! It was the first time I had a demanding 9-5 job and I had to juggle fully experiencing my time there while trying to stay in touch with my partner and family back in California. I also had an emergency surgery that year. It truly showed me how community isn't just family...Loretto really showed up for me!"
What is a favorite memory or highlight from your volunteer year?
I have A LOT of favorite memories! One from CARECEN was when a client brought his nephew to the office to meet me after several months of helping this client with a Family Reunification Packet (forms we normally didn't help clients with). His nephew was an unaccompanied minor detained at the border and his uncle, my client, desperately wanted him to be released. I did a lot for the client that was beyond the norm and I honestly wasn't sure we would get anywhere. But one day he brought his nephew to the office and they both thanked me for helping them.
Another favorite memory was when Junia House went to a White House tour on Halloween! We got Halloween White House shaped cookies at the end and later dressed up as "the decades" for a Halloween party the Sojourners invited us to.
What's one resource or recipe you'd recommend to our current volunteers?
My recipe is from my Mexican mom but since her instructions aren't very descriptive I found this one that works (if filling is potato it can be vegan & GF): Red Enchiladas Recipe from Mexico in my Kitchen.
In Their Own Words
We invite you to get to know Loretto Volunteers and the program here. Volunteers introduce themselves and reflect on their experiences.