Esperanza is dedicated to improving the lives of our community members. Below are testimonials from those who have participated in our programs.
What our Promotores are saying about Esperanza:
As an immigrant to the U.S. from Acapulco, Guerrero, Mexico, I got a taste of both worlds. I soon started to feel a hidden passion rumble inside of me…the passion to serve. I knew I had a calling to help and serve my community, but I didn’t know how to start. While walking the streets of my neighborhood in South Central Los Angeles I came across an organization named the South Los Angeles Ministry Program and enrolled in their parenting classes. While at one of these classes I was inspired by the presenter, a Promotora de Salud, and wanted to become one. I inquired, applied and was accepted into the 2003 class of Promotores de Salud at Esperanza Community Housing Corporation. During my internship I discovered another passion…the passion to teach people about adopting healthy lifestyles through nutritional education and policy change. At the same time I came across another inspiring organization named Instituto de Educacion Popular del Sur de California (IDEPSCA), where I am currently coordinating their Health Program. I work with day laborers, home workers, youth and children by giving them educational workshops on healthy habits, child development and safe work practices. I have been able to influence my children and husband, who accompany me to workshops, and my fellow community members, who are also taking action. As a leader I have been able to pave the way for other promotores —to help them explore and explode the rumble within them. — Ms. Patricia Rizo