Marital Status: Married
Do you have children? Yes, 2
How long have you lived in Pomona? 1 Year
What brought you here? I had met so many people who loved Pomona, and I wanted to learn with them how we could be part of God’s work of transformation.
What is the best thing about living in Pomona? The people.
Where are your favorite places to be in Pomona? Tijuana Tacos, Arts colony, Center Street Community Garden, La County Fair, and Bonelli Park.
What is the worst thing about living here? As my friend Erlene told me, “Pomona is a place where you see brokenness and beauty everyday.” There is not much that is hidden in Pomona. We get to see life as it is, and so we see the hurt, pain, despair, and hopelessness that is part of our broken lives.
Can you talk about one significant event that happened during your time in Pomona? Two hundred people from businesses, churches, organizations, the school district, police, city agencies and non-profits gathered to begin working on common problems within the city. This Collective Impact, and subsequent gatherings around 6 major areas, has broken new ground in bringing together a wide range of people engaged in making Pomona a better place. While it is early on in the process, even sitting together was a huge step forward.
How has living in Pomona changed you? I have enjoyed listening to the stories from Pomonians. In these stories I hear ways that God is at work.