On Location with Councilwoman Laura Pastor – Hope’s Crossing

On Location with Councilwoman Laura Pastor – Hope’s Crossing


[SHOW THEME MUSIC]>>HI, I’M COUNCILWOMAN
LAURA PASTOR, AND I AM HERE IN THE HEART OF THE CITY. I AM AT HOPE’S CROSSING,
1632 WEST CAMELBACK. AND I’M HERE WITH LAURA BULLUCK,
WHO IS THE FOUNDER AND CEO OF HOPE’S CROSSING. WHAT EXACTLY IS HOPE’S CROSSING?>>WELL, THANK YOU,
COUNCILWOMAN PASTOR, FOR COMING AND VISITING OUR SPACE TODAY. I’M SO EXCITED ABOUT THAT. HOPE’S CROSSING IS A COMMUNITY
RESOURCE CENTER FOR WOMEN WHO ARE AT RISK AND NEEDING TO
RECLAIM THEIR LIFE SO THAT THEY CAN LIVE WHOLE AND HEALTHY
LIVES. AND SO, WE’RE PROVIDING ALL
TYPES OF PROGRAMS AND SERVICES FOR THESE WOMEN TO BE ABLE TO
GET ACCESS TO THE RESOURCES THEY NEED, BE ABLE TO HAVE A
SUSTAINABLE LIFE AND A HEALTHY FAMILY.>>SO, I’M GOING TO BREAK THAT
DOWN A LITTLE BIT. IS THAT JOB TRAINING? IS THAT HELPING WRITING A
RESUME? WHAT EXACTLY, AS A WOMAN, I
WOULD WALK IN AND SAY, “HEY, I NEED SOME HELP”?
>>WELL, IT’S VERY DIVERSE. SO, WE ARE DOING LIFE SKILLS
TRAINING. WE ARE DOING JOB READINESS AND
RESUME DEVELOPMENT, ALL OF THAT TYPE OF PREPARATION. AND WE’RE ALSO HELPING WOMEN
BUILD HEALTHY SELF-ESTEEM, GOOD DECISION-MAKING SKILLS, AND TO
BE ABLE TO HAVE FAMILY REUNIFICATION, WHICH IS THEIR
LONG-TERM GOAL.>>SO FOR ME, WITH WHAT I HEAR
WHEN YOU SAY LIFE SKILLS, IT’S REALLY BUILDING LEADERSHIP
SKILLS. AND WHAT I MEAN BY LEADERSHIP
SKILLS, IT’S REALLY HOW DO I COMMUNICATE IN A WAY THAT PEOPLE
HEAR ME, HOW DO I WORK WITH OTHERS AS A TEAM, AND ALSO HOW
DO I WORK INDEPENDENTLY AND ABLE TO MEET MY GOALS.>>YES. AND ALSO, WHAT THOSE SAME SKILLS
ARE TRANSFERABLE INTO THE FAMILY. SO HOW DO I COMMUNICATE WITH MY
CHILDREN, HOW DO I CAN COMMUNICATE WITH SIBLINGS AND
OTHER MEMBERS OF MY FAMILY SO THAT FAMILIES CAN BE RESTORED
AND HAVE A HEALTHY SETTING WHERE THEY ARE AS WELL.>>NOW, IN THIS PROCESS, DOES —
AS YOU’RE WORKING WITH THE WOMEN, DOES THIS ALSO INCLUDE
THE FAMILY? CAN THE FAMILY BE PART OF THE
JOURNEY IN THE SENSE OF RESOURCES?>>FOR COMMUNITY RESOURCES,
YES. BUT IN OUR PARTICULAR
PROGRAMMING, IT’S JUST WORKING WITH THE WOMEN THEMSELVES,
MM-HM.>>OKAY. AND THEN HELPING THEM TRANSFER
THOSE SKILLS INTO THE FAMILY.>>YES.>>OH, THAT’S SO AWESOME.>>IT’S WONDERFUL.>>I’M ONLY SAYING THAT BECAUSE,
EVEN AS AN EDUCATED WOMAN AND THE ROLE THAT I’M IN, I
SOMETIMES NEED SOME OF THAT GUIDANCE IN ORDER TO DEAL WITH
SOME DIFFICULT SITUATIONS OR DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS OR
SENSITIVE CONVERSATIONS, AND HOW DO I DO IT IN A DELICATE MANNER
BUT YET IN A STERN?>>AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT’S
REALLY IMPORTANT IN THIS PROCESS IS WE HELP WOMEN LEARN HOW TO
TELL THEIR STORY, BECAUSE A LOT OF THEM HAVE BEEN THROUGH SOME
VERY TRAUMATIC EXPERIENCES, AND FAMILY HAS DISTANCED THEMSELVES. SO, HOW DO I GET BACK INTO GOOD
GRACES WITH FAMILY? AND IT STARTS WITH SHARING YOUR
STORY AND HOW DID YOU GET TO WHERE YOU WERE.>>SO, CAN YOU GIVE ME AN
EXAMPLE OF A STORY?>>SURE. SO, WE HAVE A YOUNG LADY,
DOMINICA, WHO SPENT EIGHT YEARS IN PRISON. HER CHILDREN WERE VERY, VERY
YOUNG WHEN SHE WENT INTO PRISON. AND WHEN THEY CAME OUT, THEY’RE
EITHER ADULTS OR THEY’RE OLDER TEENAGERS. AND SO, “YOU’RE NOT MY MOTHER. WHAT DO YOU MEAN? YOU WANT TO GIVE ME DISCIPLINE? YOU WANT TO TALK TO ME ABOUT
WHAT MY LIFE SHOULD LOOK LIKE? YOU’VE BEEN AWAY.” AND SO, WE HAD TO WORK WITH HER
VERY CLOSELY TO HELP HER FIRST TALK ABOUT WHERE SHE’S AT. HOW DID I GET TO THIS PLACE? AND ALTHOUGH I MAY HAVE BEEN
GONE, I WANT TO RESTORE A HEALTHY RELATIONSHIP WITH YOU
FIRST, RESPECTING YOU AS THE PERSON THAT YOU ARE BUT ALSO
RESPECT MY JOURNEY, RESPECT MY STORY, AND I RESPECT YOURS. SO THAT MUTUAL RESPECT COMING
TOGETHER, BUILDS THAT REALLY HEALTHY SPACE WHERE THEY CAN
SHARE, BE OPEN, AND TRANSPARENT ABOUT HOW THEY FEEL AND WHAT
THEY WANT FROM EACH OTHER.>>SO IT’S REALLY AN
UNDERSTANDING OF EACH OTHER, WHERE DISTANCE HAS SEPARATED
THEM, CHOICES HAVE SEPARATED THEM, AND NOW THE CHOICE IS
REUNIFICATION AND COMING BACK TOGETHER AND HOW DO WE WORK
TOGETHER BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN GONE, AND REALLY LEARNING ONE
ANOTHER AND SHIFTING INTO A WHOLE NEW PROCESS OF FAMILY.>>YES, YES. BECAUSE THAT FAMILY DYNAMIC HAS
SHIFTED SIGNIFICANTLY, RIGHT? AND SO, BEING ABLE TO SPEAK TO
THAT SHIFT, RESPECTING EACH OTHER. AND WE SAY, WE HAVE TO HONOR
YOUR STORY. WE HAVE TO HONOR YOUR STORY,
BECAUSE IT’S YOURS. AND THE FACT THAT YOU WANT TO
SHARE IT WITH US, HAS TO HAVE MEANING. AND SO, WHEN WE SAY THIS FAMILY
HAS SHIFTED AND THE DYNAMIC OF THE FAMILY HAS SHIFTED, THAT’S
WHAT WE’RE SAYING. WHAT YOU KNEW NO LONGER EXISTS. AND SO, HOW DO YOU BUILD THAT
NEW FAMILY AND WHAT YOU WANT THAT NEW FAMILY TO BE GROUNDED
IN, AND WHAT ARE THOSE VALUES NOW OF THAT NEW FAMILY?>>SO, IF I’M A WOMAN THAT FEELS
THIS HOPE’S CROSSING IS FOR ME, HOW DO I SIGN UP?>>WELL, YOU COME IN — YOU CAN
EITHER CALL THE OFFICE, YOU CAN GO TO OUR WEBSITE AT
WWW.HOPESCROSSING.ORG. THEY CAN CONNECT TO US FROM THAT
PROCESS, AND WE SCHEDULE THE APPOINTMENT WITH THEM. WE’RE ALSO CONNECTED TO MANY
COMMUNITY AGENCIES IN THIS DISTRICT 4 AND OTHER DISTRICTS,
THAT REFER WOMEN IN TO US. SO WE HAVE MANY CHANNELS WHERE
THEY CAN CONNECT TO US. BUT BASICALLY MAKE THAT
COMMITMENT AND SAY, “I WANT TO START SOMETHING NEW FOR MYSELF. I DON’T LIKE WHERE I’VE BEEN,
AND I WANT TO GO SOMEPLACE NEW.”>>WOULD SCHOOLING BE AN OPTION,
LIKE GETTING A CERTIFICATE OR GOING TO A COMMUNITY COLLEGE AND
GETTING SOME TYPE OF RETOOLING?>>YES. THERE ARE A COUPLE OF DIFFERENT
WAYS THAT WE DO THAT. WE SUPPORT THEM THROUGH GEDs,
THE GED PROCESS. SO WE GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY
TO HAVE THAT TUTORING. WE GIVE THEM THE OPPORTUNITY TO
HAVE ACCESS TO THOSE SERVICES THAT ARE NEEDED. AND THEN WE WILL ACTUALLY
SUPPORT THEM AND THE GED FEES THAT HAVE TO BE PAID. WE ALSO HAVE COMMUNITY SERVICE
AVAILABLE AND VOLUNTEERISM AVAILABLE, SO THEY’RE ABLE TO
BUILD THOSE SKILLS THAT THEY MAY NEED FOR THE WORKFORCE. AND THEN ALSO BEING ABLE TO
CONNECT THEM WITH THOSE RESOURCES AND EMPLOYERS AND
OTHER TYPES OF AGENCIES WHERE THEY CAN GET SOME REAL
ON-THE-JOB TRAINING AND SOME PAID TRAINING.>>SO, LAURA, I WANT TO THANK
YOU FOR SHARING A MOMENT WITH ME. REALLY APPRECIATE THE GREAT WORK
THAT YOU’RE DOING WITH HOPE’S CROSSING.>>THANK YOU VERY MUCH.>>YOU ARE CHANGING WOMEN’S
LIVES. BUT IT’S NOT ABOUT WOMEN’S
LIVES. YOU’RE CHANGING FAMILIES’ LIVES. REALLY APPRECIATE THE WORK AND
CONTINUE.>>THANK YOU SO MUCH.>>LET ME KNOW WHERE I CAN HELP
YOU.>>ABSOLUTELY. THANK YOU VERY MUCH,
COUNCILWOMAN.>>THANK YOU. I’M COUNCILWOMAN LAURA PASTOR IN
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