Meet the Staff: Desiree

1.     Tell us about yourself.

Born and raised in El Paso, I have made a complete 180. In my past life, I was a hairstylist. So, making that career change was probably the best decision I have ever made. I am currently on my way to a BA in Social Psychology from Park University. I believe that I am an active person. I enjoy weight training, yoga, hiking, painting, and most importantly spending quality time with my daughter.

2.     Give us a description of what you do for the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center.  

I am the Resource Specialist at the Family Resiliency Center. My role here is to provide guidance to potential candidates for the program. I also provide resources to everyone in our community who is in need of resources. 

3.     Why is this work so important to our community?

This work is important because it can be scary to ask for help. I think as humans we have a constant fear that we are always being judged but having centers like the FRC allow people to ask for help. It is like the community’s security blanket -- we are here to help with no judgment.

4.     What is the most surprising thing you have learned about the community and yourself in your time at the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center? 

What I have learned this far is that when we heal together, we grow together and then come back stronger. I learned that it really does take a team to help one person, and here at the resiliency center, we are passionate about finding the right resources for our participants.

5.     What interests you the most about your position at the El Paso Family Resiliency Center?

For me this is an opportunity to do what I love, which is to help others and guide them to resources.   

6.     Share a quote that motivates you as a person and as a member of the El Paso United Family Resiliency Center team.

“I don't believe you have to be better than everybody else. I believe you have to be better than you ever thought you could be.” -Ken Venturi


About El Paso United FRC: 

The El Paso United Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is a program led by the United Way of El Paso County. It serves as a place of healing and support dedicated to serving as a resource to those directly & indirectly impacted by the tragedy of August 3, 2019. Through resiliency navigators, the program offers personalized case management to connect individuals and families to credible programs and services that address their specific needs. The FRC also host a variety of events that allow for a shared healing process. Learn more.