This year Divine Daughters Unite chose to support Gabriel’s House.
We were very impressed with the work that they do, providing transitional living and emergency shelter for women with children in our own Ventura County. Women who’d otherwise be homeless whether it’d be from leaving an abusive home, or suddenly becoming widowed to any other adversity.
Along with shelter they also provide food, clothing, counseling, and help with planning and organizing for the future to essentially get back on their feet.
We were lucky enough to meet women from Gabriel’s House at our local radio station Q95.9 for Kat’s Kause. DDU donated $500 and two baskets full of school supplies, household supplies, and toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and shampoo among other personal necessities.
We spoke with Director of Operations, Cindy Wilson, and a resident of the house who was able to share a little of her story with us. She shared that unlike other shelters, Gabriel’s House allowed her and her older child to take advantage of the opportunity. With her second child on the way, she was very optimist of what her future holds and expressed how Gabriel’s House was the light at the end of her tunnel.
Personally this experience was absolutely amazing. Coming from a family with immigrant parents, I know life can be very tough while facing adversities. Giving someone hope in a time of despair is genuinely gratifying. With all the chaos from this year’s election, I was so happy to be able to give back this holiday season and continue to do what I was born to do – help people.
If you’d like to read more about Gabriel’s House you can visit their website at http://www.tkcoxnard.org
Gaby Tapia, Board Director