I was raised by a single mother (my father died when I was very young). My whole life, other people have given to me. Sometimes those gifts were financial, in times of need. Sometimes they were in the form of a helping hand or being present for me at important life events. I was raised under the philosophy of Cura Personalis: “Care for the individual person.” This philosophy demands that we take care of the entire person and care for his or her individual needs. That is what the SECC allows each of us to do in a small way.
--Dr. Brian Mealey, Professor, Department of Periodontics
I give because I have been given help in the past.
When I was a young, working single mom more than 20 years ago, folks from an agency (not sure which one) stopped by my home with all the ingredients needed for a holiday dinner. At the same time, a person dressed as Santa Claus dropped off some wrapped presents for my little boy (as it turns out, it was the bulk of what he received that year because we did not have a lot of disposable income). To this day, I do not know who initiated that visit, but I have always been grateful, and it still makes me emotional to think of it. I will never forget the generosity bestowed upon us by strangers, at just the right moment in time. #thankful
--Melissa R. Martinez, Program Coordinator Senior, Hispanic Center of Excellence