Meet the Staff: Idalhi

1.     Tell us about yourself.

I was born and raised here in El Paso, TX.  I received a Bachelor’s of Arts in Psychology from Baylor University in Waco, TX and a Master of Education in Mental Health Counseling from the University of Texas in El Paso.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor in the state of Texas and also an EMDR Certified Therapist.  I have been married for almost 8 years, have a 6-year-old son, 3-year-old daughter and a 9-month puppy!  I love to travel, try different restaurants and cuisines, and spend time with my family.  I also consider myself a “happy planner!”

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

I am the Family Resiliency Center’s Director.  I oversee all of the FRC’s staff and functions, and work closely with different grants and community contractors to ensure that the FRC provides different resources available to those that were affected by the tragedy of August 3rd, 2019.

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

This work is very important because it gives the FRC the opportunity to connect with the community of El Paso that may have been impacted or affected in any level by the August 3rd tragedy.  The FRC then promotes recovery through services, programs, non-traditional therapies and other resources designed to promote healing and integrative wellness, provide education, and bring the community together in a meaningful way.

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? 

I have been very impressed with all the wonderful programs within our community and other organizations that are available and have joined forces to help with the recovery path of our El Paso community.

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

As a fellow El Pasoan, I am able to relate with our beloved community on many levels with what happened on August 3rd, 2019.  As a clinician and now FRC director, I am able to empathize with those that were directly or indirectly affected and therefore lead the FRC team to provide the appropriate resources for our community’s healing and recovery.

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

“Good, better, best! Never let it rest! Until your good is better and your better is best!”   -St. Jerome

I learned this quote in elementary school, and it has stuck with me throughout my life and pushed me to do my best in everything I do.


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.