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he Garcias chose to raise their family in Evanston “because there is a value around diversity and community.”Submitted photo
he Garcias chose to raise their family in Evanston “because there is a value around diversity and community.”
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by Emmanuel Patiño Gómez

Dynamic Couple Work Together to Give Back  to Community

Monica and Michael Garcia met in Woodstock as young children. “I am originally from South Texas,” Mike said. “I remember when my family was the first Mexican family to move from what was considered the wrong side of town to the right side of town.” He later joined the
Air Force and married Monica.They supported each other during those years as they worked to earn college degrees. He graduated from Loyola University, and she earned her Master’s in social work from Arizona State University.

Ms.Garcia stated, “My grandmother was the anchor for my interracial family. We wanted to be near our families when we decided to make Evanston our home 24 years ago. We raised our children here because there is a value around diversity and community engagement.”

Ms.Garcia is the founder of the Lakeshore Counseling Center. Mr. Garcia is a QA Global Contract Manufacture Leader for GE Healthcare. He is also the Chicago hub Hispanic forum leader for GE Healthcare’s community service outreach initiatives. “I was recognized for the work I put in and the passion I brought to the team. When a Co-Leader position opened, I gladly accepted.”

After Mr. Garcia’s leadership team visited the Namaste Charter School, they agreed they could help make a difference in the lives of its students. More than 85% of Namaste’s students come from low-income households and 90% are Latino or African American. Ms. Garcia said, “Schools like Namaste offer structure for all areas of development and most importantly cultivate a place where students feel seen and are able to know that they will have support to reach their goals.”

The Garcias said, “For those with the means and ability to pay it forward, we must be engaged in our community and/or organizations that benefit people of all ethnicities and socio-economic strata.” Mr. Garcia said, “I feel it is my responsibility as a community leader and a Latino male to pay it forward.”

Pareja Dinámica Trabajan Juntos para Apoyar a la Comunidad
Mónica y Michael García se conocieron en Woodstock en su niñez. “Soy originario del sur de Texas. Recuerdo cuando mi familia fue la primera familia mexicana en mudarse de lo que se consideraba el lado malo del pueblo al lado bueno del pueblo,” el Sr. García compartió. Después él se unió a la Fuerza Aérea y se casó con Mónica. Se apoyaron uno al otro durante esos años mientras trabajaban para obtener sus títulos universitarios. El Sr. García se graduó de la universidad de Loyola y la Sra. García obtuvo su maestría en trabajo social de la universidad de Arizona State.

“Mi abuela fue el ancla para mi familia interracial. Queríamos estar cerca de nuestras familias cuando decimos hacer de Evanston nuestro hogar hace 24 años. Criamos a nuestros hijos aquí porque hay valor en la diversidad y participación comunitaria,” la Sra. García afirmó.

La Sra. García es la fundadora de Lakeshore Counseling Center. El Sr. García es un líder de seguros de calidad mundial fabricante de contratos para GE Healthcare. También, él es un líder en el foro hispano de Chicago para la iniciativa de obtener servicio comunitario de GE Healthcare. “Fui reconocido por el arduo trabajo que hago y la pasión que traje al equipo. Cuando una posición de colíder se abrió, con alegría lo acepté.”

Después de que el equipo de líderes de el Sr. García visito la escuela Namaste Charter, ellos aceptaron a ayudar a hacer una diferencia en la vida de estos estudiantes. Más del 50% de estudiantes en Namaste provienen de hogares de bajos ingresos y el 90% son latinos o afroamericanos. “Escuelas como Namaste ofrecen estructuras para todas las áreas de desarrollo y lo más importante, cultivan un lugar donde los estudiantes se sienten aceptados y saben que van a tener apoyo para alcanzar sus metas,” la Sra. García dijo.

“Para aquellos con los medios y habilidades de pagar adelante, debemos de estar comprometidos en la comunidad y/u organizaciones que benefician a las personas de todas las etnicidades y estratos socioeconómicos,” los Garcias acordan. El Sr. Garcia dijo, “Yo creo que es mi responsabilidad como líder comunitario y hombre latino pagar adelante.” 

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