Written by Aleli Perez
Many Mansions has always been a place I can call home.
My family has been living in one of the beautiful properties named Villa Garcia. While growing up, my siblings and I went to the wonderful programs that they’ve provided for so many families. Seeing us as being part of the Many Mansions family, they have stuck true to their word of supporting the residents and wanting them to succeed. The programs they have provided have taught me how to be a leader, to have courage, and to become more organized and hard-working. I feel blessed to have been given so many opportunities because of Many Mansions.
I knew Many Mansions was there for me when I was going through a rough time with my mental health in high school. If not for the staff from the homework club, I would have struggled more. I was close to not graduating from the lack of homework I turned in. I could hardly pay attention. To tell you the truth, I often thought about dropping out or just doing online classes. But even then, it was an option I thought wouldn’t be successful at either. Around my junior year, I confessed to the staff that I wasn’t doing so well and that I didn’t think I could graduate. They promised me that I would do better, and they were right. Fast forward one year later, and I was graduating high school with all my friends. I felt much happier than I ever had been.
With Many Mansions, I was able to be a part of a family that has welcomed me with open arms, and I’ve gotten so much love from them. I can’t help but think how thankful I am for all that love and the times they gave my family and me the moral support we needed.
Throughout my time being into the programs and seeing the amazing staff, I thought it would be worth the shot and start volunteering for them at a young age. Volunteering with them has been a wonderful adventure, I would gladly take any chance given to help. It has shown me things that I thought I wouldn’t be able to do. I’ve experienced different roles when volunteering in the summer camp or at our Friday programs. Without the learning experience from the programs that were provided, I don’t think I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
As I got older, my ambitions to work with them grow stronger, and I’m proud to say that I’ve succeeded. Now at 19, my first job is working with a company that has helped many families like my own to be more successful and get on the path to greater things. Since I’ve been working with such a great team and also working with the most amazing kids, I truly love doing my job. I’ve always felt welcomed and very much appreciated anytime I enter work.
With Many Mansions being by my side for so long, my ambitions continue to grow. I’m about to complete my education in Moorpark College and transfer to Channel Islands to obtain a degree in Studio Art to teach art to high school students. I will never forget how much Many Mansions has supported me. I can’t wait to see what else Many Mansions has to offer in the future.