Spotlight on Mom: Rebuilding Lives and Relationships with New Skills
EL PASO, Texas — Some mothers are giving new meaning to the term going into labor. A group of exceptional women have given birth to a new volunteer rest room with El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank.
The rest room was built thanks to the work of women like Leticia Flores. She lost her children after leaving an abusive relationship.
“I had been homeless for five years. I had very severe depression and was suicidal,” Flores said.
With the help of the YWCA, Flores secured housing and the opportunity to volunteer. With a group of other women, she found purpose in working with hammers and other tools. They volunteered for “She Builds”, an organization that teaches women to do home repairs.
With her new skills and willingness to help others, she is now on the payroll of “Rebuilding Together”, training other women through the “She Builds” program.
Christina Zuniga had to rebuild her life after a divorce and the loss of her children. She now shares custody of her children and has brought them to work with her.
“I actually brought my daughter in. She was cutting and fixing the floor and my kids see it in me. They see the growth and I’m very proud of the person I’m introducing my kids to. Especially my daughters” , said Zuniga.
Through the life skills learned in “She Builds,” the women say they help and encourage each other, learning one of the most important skills is simply gaining the strength to be independent.