Adela Gonzalez Del Valle goes back to the room in a childrens
play center where it all started.
Plaskon: "And what did you do in here?"
Del Valle: "I saw people, asked for money so we could go
Under her, the budget grew from 98-thousand to a half million
dollars. Now, the center offers legal, rental, housing, energy and
education assistance. There are 5 full-time employees in a much
larger building serving clients like Griselda Banales.
Banales: "Comida, ayuda con mi situacion sobre mis ninas,
con ayuda sobre mi casa y renta y sobre problemas que tengo con
She says the center has helped her with food, rent, and
income. Del Valle says the clientele has expanded from 100 families
to one-thousand. In the beginning most were latino, now half are
not. Nearby a man who is not latino is getting help with child
Anonymous: "You are here at a good moment and it looks
likes I am going to get a lot of what I want which is joint
Success like this that makes Del-Valle happy, but she wants to
go back to school and set the organization free.
Del Valle: "It has been an honor and its sad to leave it,
at the same time, they were a baby when I started and they are
getting to that young adolescent age which can be kind of a hand
She says government funding has declined and the center need
corporate donors and endowments for stability. A new executive
director will take on that challenge starting Monday.