Dreams Become Reality
Dulce NavarreteVolunteer/Client of Community Action Project
Most of us dream of a better life, but fewer follow through to make it happen. Dulce Navarrete is one of those few.
Facing challenges, Dulce and her family are on the fast track to a better life, with the help of two Tulsa Area United Way partner agencies.
“You can improve your life, but you have to be willing to ask for help,” Dulce said.
Dulce was born in the Mexican state of Michoacan, and moved with her parents to Arizona when she was five. She completed high school in Phoenix but didn’t have specific plans for her future.
A few years later she found herself in an East Tulsa neighborhood with her partner Antonio Hernandez and three children. Although Antonio made a decent living in the construction industry, Dulce needed some direction.
She found out about the many ways Family and Children’s Services (FCS) can help families and took full advantage of several of their programs. “They can help make you a better person,” she says.
She recently graduated from Opening Doors, a 10-week class that helps participants prepare for college and a career, and The Incredible Years, a 14-week parenting class. Now she has plans to enroll in college with dreams to become a police officer.
She also joined the Community Action Project (CAP) – Headstart Parents’ Council, serving as a representative and advocate for parents in her neighborhood on the governing board.
“I’ve learned so much about how nonprofit organizations serve the community.” In that leadership role, she serves as a bilingual voice and mentor for her peers.
Her oldest son, Jesus Gonzalez, 8, is a student at Skelly Elementary School. Her two youngest children, Pedro Hernandez, 4, and Dulce Hernandez, six months, are enrolled in educational programs at CAP.
“I feel like we all have a plan now.”