I've been thinking about her life story. And her mom's. Alma's mother, Catalina, came from Mexico to California, and raised Alma there. They worked together, picking fruit in the fields, full time.
When Alma turned 17 she told her mom, "Mommy, I'm moving to Columbus, Ohio." Catalina was stunned, but she had a brother in Columbus, and she knew that her daughter could have a better life there.
Alma moved, and she found work--2 full time jobs, in fact--and she saved enough money to bring her mother to Columbus.
HERE'S WHERE THE STORY REALLY GETS ME:
Catalina got a good job, too, and then said to her daughter, "We don't need to go to food pantries anymore. We don't need that help anymore. Now I can start giving back."
And so she did. She started buying food, filling her car with it, and driving around the city, giving food to people in need. It was a "mobile food pantry." It was the start of the Guadalupe Center.
The Guadalupe Center has grown by leaps and bounds! It is much more than a small food pantry. It is a resource pantry--teaching English as a second language, helping with job training, providing clothes and food, and much more.
And guess what? Catalina started all of this, and now her daughter, Alma, is the Coordinator of the Guadalupe Center. Isn't it marvelous how God works? And isn't it wonderful how we get to participate in all of this through our Coat Drive and our Mission Outreach Ministries? Many, many blessings!