"I am honored to be a part of something so big and I know I will make a big change in our community" said Yvette Abreo proudly.
Five years ago Yvette moved to a new location and just couldn't seem to find any work. After sometime she decided to go back to school full time and that's where she met Tracey Rick. Tracey Rick was the shelter manager for Family Assistance Program's Domestic Violence Shelter, Hope House. Tracey was in the need of shelter staff and Yvette was still in the need of a job. Yvette started as shelter staff learning all she could about domestic violence and before she knew it, she was Case Manager. Helping clients during one of their scariest moments of life, Yvette felt so much passion.
Not long after, Family Assistance Program started to develop the Growe Program. The Growe Program was geared toward the LGBTQ community and mental health. It was not long after Yvette became a part of the program when she realized she had found her niche, offering guidance to help people achieve goals.
Yvette is now the Program Manager of Family Assistance Programs, Probation House and has recently been involved in a sister program of Family Assistance Program called, Inland Region Equality Network or I.R.E.N. Currently I.R.E.N is campaigning "Get Out To Vote" and it is showing people how to use voting privileges.
"I am honored to work for Family Assistance Program. They have been around for 31 years, and they are a pillar. As a parent and spouse of the LGBTQ Community I share the same investments and interests in society as anyone else. The LGBTQ community shares the same goals, the desire for healthy families, and structure in the home. I see the battle of equality every day. No services available, the feeling of being alone, and I don't want people to feel that way." Yvette said passionately.
Yvette is confident that with her passion and her peers at Family Assistance Program she can help people feel confident with their sexual preference and or identity. "Family Assistance Program has never made me feel biased about my identity, but I see it in others and I am willing to help anyone, even if they are not part of the LGBTQ community. Ultimately, we are still all sharing the same journey" expressed Yvette.
As I.R.E.N is expanding its future plans, Yvette has been asked to become the Executive Director of the program. I.R.E.N will be consulting individuals and organizations on positive lifestyle changes. They are going to educate, motivate, and assist through consulting practices. Yvette is proud to have civic engagement in social justice, involving ALL individuals including the LGBTQ community.