Team member spotlight:
Laura De La Fuente
Laura is from Monclova, Coahuila, Mexico, currently an Ontario resident of 28 years. In her spare time she likes to do DIY projects. She also loves to sew and spend time outdoors fishing! She has been with EUVALCREE since 2017, starting out doing door-to-door outreach for the program Soy Sano which evolved to Cover All Kids. Her goal was to reach and enroll all kids in Malheur County into the Oregon Health Plan. Currently, she continues doing OHP enrollments, helps see through programs such as Small Enterprise Fund, Oregon Worker Relief, Unemployment Benefits, distributing PPE, and connecting folks to our Immigration Services program. Laura gets satisfaction from helping vulnerable communities. Laura expressed that she is humbled and blessed to see people receive the assistance they need to be able to be productive and happy community members.
Laura shares “The other day an elder gentleman came in, who did not know how to read or write. He needed help resolving a personal finance issue. Because he lived alone, he was in desperate need to figure out what happened to the missing checks. I was able to navigate him through systems, provide technical assistance, and guide him on next steps. After some time, we were able to resolve his issue! He was extremely grateful and appreciative of the help I gave him. This almost brought me to tears because I know he’s not the only one in the same circumstances to need assistance. I am so happy to work with EUVALCREE who has allowed me to assist my community in this capacity and more!”
Laura hopes to continue to learn more about computer software programs because she believes that this will allow her to grow on a personal level, as well as improve the assistance she provides to her community. Laura wants her community to know that EUVALCREE has open doors to everyone, and that she is here to help all without any interest in mind, besides ensuring that the community is happy and successful.
The EUVALCREE team has witnessed Laura’s dedication and hard work to serve her community. She has the willingness to learn and grow. In numerous instances, Laura has been seen going out of her way to help individuals by connecting them with programs or researching programs elsewhere. Community members have expressed sentiments of gratitude for the help Laura provided, and have shared she is a friendly, outgoing, kind woman. Laura has proven to be an asset to EUVALCREE and we are thankful to have her on our team!