H.O.P.E. ALAMOSA

 

“We are dedicated to ensuring everyone in Alamosa has the opportunity to thrive, and have fair and equal opportunities to lead healthy, productive lives regardless of race, ethnicity, income or where we live.”

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Tori Martinez

Community Organizer

Tori grew up on a farm in the San Luis Valley. She loves to spend time in nature and with her family. She is an author and poet.

“I want to be part of this work because I’ve always wanted to give back to my community and by making life better for young adults in Alamosa we can keep more of our young people in the Valley.”

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Eliasa Chavez

Community Leader

I am Eliasa Chavez. I am one of the Team Leaders with HOPE in Alamosa. I am a Psychology student at Adams State University. I love being outdoors and enjoying nature as much as I can.

"Growing up in Alamosa I always saw the potential of what it could be. Being part of this group has given me an opportunity to express where I think Alamosa can grow and hear others' experiences that are unlike my own. Coming together as a community opens the door for our small rural town to flourish and meet the needs of all residents."

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Maricela Lucas

Community Leader

I was born in La Jara, CO but I grew up in Omaha, Nebraska. I am of Mayan descent and I speak Q’anjob’al, as well as English and Spanish. I obtained my Bachelor’s degree in
Criminology & Criminal Justice from the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) in December 2018. I
also have a minor in Religious Studies. I am a first-generation University graduate, but I aspire to aim for
a higher education in the near future. Currently, I enjoy spending time with my family, learning about
new things, and going out in the mountains.

"I am excited to be a member of HOPE because I aspire to make Alamosa a better community for all, but especially for the adolescents. I strongly believe that the future of our community is in the hands of our adolescent youth, therefore, I hope that throughout my work with Hope, I will aspire other adolescents to make small decisions that will help better our community." 

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Garrett Pearson

Community Leader

Garrett Pearson was born in Alamosa, CO and grew up in Sagauche County. He grew up enjoying creative endeavors including Art, Music, and Graphic Design. He Graduated Adams State University and is currently employed by the Boys and Girls Club. He enjoys participating in various local music projects.

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and learn." - Benjamin Franklin

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Diego Pons

Community Leader

Diego was born in Montevideo, Uruguay  and  migrated with his family  to the SLV  in August of 2002.  He attended school in both Sargent and Center, eventually graduating from the latter in 2012. Diego attended Colorado Mesa University with a B.A in Personal Training. He married and started a family before graduating then moved back to the SLV after graduation. He has worked in cattle ranching and farming, public school, as well as the nonprofit sector in Alamosa

"I want to continue doing this work because I feel that it’s my responsibility to serve the least represented people in my community. I lived in the shadows of America for approximately 10 years; during that time, I made a promise to myself that if I ever received the opportunity to actively work to improve my community, then I would do it. I am thankful for the skills and experiences that the San Luis Valley has provided me with. I often criticize this region and actively work to better it because I believe that is how I show that I love and care about this community."  

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Brayan Flores

Community Leader

Hey, my name is Brayan Flores and I am currently attending Trinidad State Junior College and also apart of the Trinidad Track and Field Team. My favorite things to do are being outside and traveling.

“This community has always been there to help my family and I. I want to be able to use this opportunity to give back to my community and help wherever I can. I want to make Alamosa a place where anyone can flourish”

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FORMER COMMUNITY LEADERS

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CODY TRUJILLO

Health Equity Intern

Hey there, my name is Cody Trujillo and I have lived in Alamosa for 21 years. I graduated from Alamosa high school and went on to graduate from Adams State University with degrees in Accounting, Finance, and Economics. I joined HOPE because I was tired of waiting around for someone else to come up with all of the answers. After I joined, all of my questions were magically answered... at least that what I thought was going to happen. The truth is, that our work has only just begun and there are still so many questions we have to ask. After becoming a member of HOPE, I realized there were people who are out there who choose to make work on making world a better place, and I HOPE you choose to be one of them.  

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LORENA JURADO

Community Outreach Assistant

Lorena was born in Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in the heart of West Texas. She attended Texas A&M University and pursued a B.S. in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Sciences. Upon graduating, she joined AmeriCorps as a VISTA and served as a resource Development Associate for the Boys & Girls Clubs of the San Luis Valley. Lorena also joined the Colorado Trust as a Community Outreach Associate where she learned about health equity and worked alongside team members to promote health equity in Alamosa. These experiences validated her decision to continue promoting health equity, primarily with underserved youth and through equitable access to education. These experiences directly impacted both her personal and professional development. 

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JAZMINE PALACIOS-MOLINAR

Community Outreach Assistant

My name is Jazmine Palacios Molinar. I am from Alamosa, Colorado. I am a third-year student at Adams State University, majoring in Business Healthcare Administration and minoring in Spanish, Management, and Finance. I am also on the Varsity Women’s Lacrosse team. 

 

I wanted to join the Alamosa HOPE Team because of how inclusive the staff is. They are very accepting to others and were very understanding to everyone. 

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SAMUEL CRISTOBAL LUCAS

Community Outreach Assistant

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