#fromtheguttertoacollegegrad wrote with pride by one of our alumna, Julia. I immediately read her post on social media with tears sliding down my face as if my own daughter was soon to graduate, my heart beat with joy and instant flashes of Julia’s raw beginnings at Casa Teresa vividly came to me. I quickly stepped into “mom mode” reaching out to Julia and asking her, “Is there anything we can help you with?”
Working at Casa Teresa lets you witness God’s grace and humility on continual basis. The restoration taking place that transforms the lives of our residents in such a short amount of time is nothing but inspiring. To witness it on a daily basis is a gift that’s life changing.
As Casa Teresa is rapidly evolving in many ways, we are continually evaluating what we can do to improve the way we support our residents and their children. We strive to show them unconditional love and desire to walk with them through their growth process – from the beginning of their pain to their restoration and happiness. When you serve at Casa Teresa, you can’t help but desire to walk alongside women through their journey for as long as you possibly can.
I had the honor of attending Julia’s pinning ceremony in June. I watched her walk towards the stage as she fulfilled her lifelong dream of becoming a Registered Nurse. For me, that moment solidified the significance of Casa Teresa’s Alumni Program and exemplified how it has transformed into a beautiful partnership with our former residents. Julia received an acceptance letter to CSUF to further her education and attain her BSN. She will be starting at Cal State Fullerton this fall.
I was asked to spearhead the Alumni Program last year and with honor I accepted. Over the past year our Alumni Program has progressed beyond margins, providing ongoing support to our residents after they graduate from Casa Teresa. A year later, we are truly in kinship with our Alumni and have the great privilege to celebrate wonderful successes, such as Julia’s.