Introducing Blanca Gomez, new Housing Counselor from Metro Housing Boston
My name is Blanca Gomez. I decided to enroll in Union Capital Boston in 2013 because I valued its innovative narrative around and approach to poverty, in which “the power and potential of low-income families” is realized and they are “allowed to come together and access the resources they need to thrive.” I have embraced this mission and immersed myself in my community, sharing resourceful tools to others that I enjoyed so much. The positive effects that I believe I produced from working with others, whether is helping them develop skills or make connections, I see these relationships as a chance to improve the quality of life of both others and myself.
In particular, I am very much involved in my community service through my position as an FII/DSNI Fellow, performing “community outreach for families that are striving for a better tomorrow” by “providing care, support and counseling to individuals dealing with various issues” so that they can become more self-sufficient. For example, “arranging community gatherings and helping families who need resources to make changes to their daily lifestyle” and “providing emotional support to families.” I am very connected with many nonprofit organizations such as Project Hope as an ambassador, an advocate for Homes for Families, Cradles to Crayon, Community Serving and those are just a few. I have noted that these can often be a difficult job, but it is satisfying just to see families connected with their community. I enjoy that there is a mutually beneficial relationship between the families I serve and myself.
Back in 2012, I received my GED at the age of 39, which was an amazing feeling. I graduated with my Associates Degree from Bunker Hill Community College in 2017.
My achievements have not been without failure.
I attribute a few other things to my success as well. First is my mother, who I lost in 1997, but has served as a reminder to endure hardship and continue developing myself along with my two children, who are the world to me, and my young grandson. At a early age, I had many obstacles, but all I see now is many accomplishments. Now that I am 45 years old, I have come to the realization of self-worth and potential, observing from many that “it became clear that the secret of success is to believe in you first.” I recognize that finding values and purpose of life meaning is my uniqueness that has allowed me to excel. I feel I am where I need to be as a Case Manager for Metro Housing Boston is my calling because it allows me to continue helping others and connect individuals and families with many other resources that are within their community.
I hope to use my experience and understandings to continue to reach for the stars and many goals in the near future. For example, I hope to play a larger role in domestic violence intervention by helping men and women have more courage to stand up to their attacker. In general, however, I would just like to continue helping those in need and making a difference.
In reflecting, I only say this to others, “If you have a dream, never put yourself on hold; reach for the stars and make your dream a reality. It’s not about always receiving, it’s about being proactive and giving back to our community and making changes in your lifestyle for a better future for both yourself and your family.”