A teen mother learns learns there are people who care about her and want her to succeed in life

“No matter how bumpy the road, you have to get up and keep trying because everyone has a purpose in life; you just have to find out what it is and then pursue it”

Felicia G. was first introduced to El Nido Family Centers at the age of 16, shortly after she’d given birth to her first child, when a woman she didn’t know came to her bedside and left a pamphlet describing El Nido and its services. With an ill mother who died of cervical cancer three months after Felicia gave birth, and a frequently absent father, Felicia was looking for all the help she could get, and El Nido was there for her.

Felicia’s case manager, Sandra, came to visit her in the hospital the next day and with her joyful enthusiasm, big smile and patient willingness to help, she immediately got Felicia moving in the right direction. In the two years that Felicia was an El Nido client, she was able to go back to school and get her GED, to learn from her parent education classes how to be a good parent, to broaden her horizons with numerous field trips to various places of interest, and to gain both insight and confidence from the counseling she received from El Nido counselors. From her experiences with El Nido, Felicia learned that there were people outside her family who cared about her and wanted her to succeed in life.

She received her AA degree with a major in sociology at Southwest College and for the past eleven years has been employed by Cedars Sinai Medical Center, achieving her certification as a Certified Professional Coder (CPC) six years ago. Felicia’s long-term goals are to operate a medical coding and consulting business, to travel (especially to Paris and to Italy) and to write her autobiography to help girls to learn the things they need to know, so they can avoid one day saying to themselves “if I only knew.”

The life lesson Felicia wants to impart to her three children is to stay focused on your dreams. No matter how bumpy the road, you have to get up and keep trying because everyone has a purpose in life; you just have to find out what it is and then pursue it. For anyone unfamiliar with El Nido, Felicia wants them to know that El Nido has a truly exceptional mentoring program which provides help to those who need it.