Student Stories

Thankful student returns to La Casa to share her amazing achievement!

Recently Ofelia Gonzalez came to visit La Casa. Ofelia is a former computer, English and pre-GED student. She was very happy and came to share about her recent work experience.

At the beginning of the season, she applied to work in a warehouse, just for the cherry season. Her manager offered her the opportunity to do computer-related work. Even though she was nervous, she agreed because it is hard to say “no”. She was concerned about being unable to do the work. They gave her a week to learn. To everyone’s surprise, she learned the job in one day and had the position the whole cherry season! At the end of the season she was offered a year-round position doing the same computer-related work at the warehouse.

Ofelia is very proud of her achievements. She came to let us know about her success and to say thank you for the support she received here at La Casa Hogar. Amazing indeed, Ofelia is one among many women whose lives are changed because of their participation at La Casa Hogar, and our community is also better for it.

Magdalena Serrano, Student

My name is Magdalena Serrano. I am married and have two daughters, 10 and 5 and a son, 8 years old. I would like to tell you a little about how I arrived at La Casa Hogar.

I have lived in the Yakima Valley since 1991. The first 5 years were very difficult, even traumatic, for me. Recently married, expecting a child and in a new country, where unfortunately I was not able to express myself adequately, sometimes could result in a real trauma for me.

But one fine day I met a good friend who told me about La Casa Hogar and the services that were there for the community. I was interested principally in English classes and had to have childcare for these classes.

Here they accepted me as a student, but mainly they accepted me as a member of the family of La Casa Hogar. Little by little my depression disappeared until I began to feel like I had something to offer and that I could repay a little of what I had received.

Now I am a volunteer and after work I go to La Casa Hogar to teach a driving class. Some of the women come with the necessity of learning in a group and with enthusiasm to make changes in their lives by getting a drivers’ license.

At La Casa part of coming and learning is having an open door to friendship. If you need help and for some reason we are not able to help you, perhaps we can refer you to where you can get some help.

If someone that you know or you think might be in a similar situation as I was, tell her, “Come to La Casa Hogar.” I assure you that here she will encounter what she needs. Try coming and you will not be sorry that you came.

Lourdes Contreras, Student

To me La Casa Hogar is like a visit to my beloved friend’s home, or the home of my loving aunt. Because here at La Casa Hogar, I have found affection, amiability and trust from the staff and sincere answers for all of my questions. Overall, it fills some part of my expectations as a woman and human being. Thanks Casa Hogar for opening your doors to whomever needs a sincere friend. God bless you forever.

Haria G. Lopez, Student

In my personal opinion; to me La Casa Hogar is an experience and at the same time a big opportunity to learn English like a second language. I hope that in the future we can count with more places like this to give more opportunity to more people. I want to say thank you to the institution and the staff. Because a friend of mine told me about this class and for this reason I came, because to learn and succeed. Thank you!!

Poem from former Executive Director – Carole Folsom-Hill

I am reminded of this poem I penned in the earlier days of serving La Casa Hogar. It remains as true today as it was then.The core of me is this place
the place where I am today.
It’s the being of me, where it
all comes together.
It’s the wholeness I yearn for.
Here in this place I am at once
hurry up, slow down
strong and soft
impatient and patient
loud and quiet
aggressive and passive
alone and together
and this is more
voice for those not yet ready
hear the voice of those who are
open the path for those in between.
See big and far.
Now in this place morning sunlight at the dining room table silent holds the sound of hands moving on the paper
Enedina, Mireya, Magdalena, Jim, Neli, Rosa, Luz and me.
The core of me is this place,
the place where I am today
it’s the being of me, where it all comes together.
It’s the wholeness I yearn for.

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