BCFS is proud to have such incredible individuals across our non-profit system. We’ve had a ton to celebrate recently at our center in Corpus Christi, Texas.
In February, BCFS Health and Human Services named Victoria Perez as our new center director. Victoria has more than 20 years of managerial experience in the health and human services. In her new role, she’ll be responsible for overseeing critical services and programs that help youth in foster care and those aging out land on their feet.
While our staff are pretty incredible, the spotlight really belongs on the amazing youth and young adults we serve…
Like Mark Trotter, who spent 14 years in the foster care system–never staying in a place long enough he could call “home.” Mark battled homelessness in high school for two years; but with BCFS in his corner, he overcame the odds. So much so that Mark is now enrolled for classes at the University of Texas-Corpus Christi! Now, BCFS and Mark have their sights set on his future and a career after school. When asked about BCFS, Mark speaks fondly of our Corpus Christi center saying, “BCFS has been like a guardian angel. They think of things that I couldn’t think of myself..and they help me be the best I can be.”
Similarly, Zoiyee Green also overcame struggles with homelessness and as an 18 year old mother before relocating to Corpus Christi. Once at her new local center, Zoiyee joined BCFS Health and Human Services’ Preparation for Adult Living program. From there, BCFS provided Zoiyee with case management and helped her land a job where she could support herself and her little one. Like Mark, Zoiyee will enroll at the University of Texas at Austin as she pursues her law degree.
Both Mark and Zoiyee’s efforts were recently recognized by Foster Angels of South Texas (FAST) at the 14th annual Appreciation Luncheon. We couldn’t be prouder of both of them!
The same can be said for Samuel Gomez. After his parents were unable to keep 15 year old Samuel at home, he moved in with the Cerdas family. By the time his family could stabilize their home, Samuel had aged out of foster care. While working with BCFS, Samuel worked with caseworker Alma Gutierrez to secure an internship at the Tejano Civil Rights Museum. Now four years later, Samuel is proud to join a group that only 2 percent of foster care recipients can say they are part of: he’ll graduate with a Bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University-Kingsville!
In addition to his scholastic prowess, Samuel is an example of giving back. In college, Samuel also earned his respite caregiver certification so he could foster young children on the weekend. In addition to this, he also mentors his young cousin, passing on what BCFS did for him.
Mark, Samuel and Zoiyee are three shining examples of the incredible people we serve at BCFS’ Corpus Christi center.
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