Meet Paloma

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Paloma and Gladys


Paloma working in the kitchen

Paloma is a hard-working young adult at Casa Hogar Elim.  She has been at the orphanage for about half her life.  You only have to visit with her for a few minutes to witness her obvious love for the Lord and her dedication to all those who live at Casa Hogar Elim.

How old are you? 24 years old

What is your favorite color? Silver

What is your favorite food?  Mexican and Chinese food

What do you like to do in your free time?  I like to read, draw, and paint.

How long have you been at Casa Hogar?  I’ve been here about 12 years.

What are you in charge of at Casa Hogar?  I take care of Gladys, a special needs young adult at Casa Hogar.  I make lunch and dinner every day for 60-70 children.  I work in the office some, too.

How did you learn to cook?  I have been cooking for about 6 years.  I asked Nydia, who is one of Mama Lupita’s daughters, to teach me to cook, because I knew nothing about cooking.  I watched and learned from her for about 6 months before I got it all down.

What is the most difficult part of your job here at Casa Hogar?  It is taking care of Gladys.  She is heavy and I have to pick her up a lot.  I bathe her, feed her, and when she is sick, I nurse her back to health.  I keep her clothes and sheets washed.  It is a lot of work.

What is the most rewarding part of your job? Taking care of Gladys may be the most difficult part of my job, but it is also the best part.  I love her a lot.  She is like a sister to me.

What do you like most about Casa Hogar?  I love the children.  Each one is special.  Jeff is good and he loves me like a mother, but I do have to discipline him at times.  Carlitos calls me “Palomitas” and asks me many questions all the time.  He loves me.  All the children are my brothers and sisters.

I love Mama Lupita.  She is very special to me.

What are your dreams for the future?  I want to do what God wants.  I want to serve God.

What is your favorite verse in the Bible?  I don’t really have one.  I love the whole Bible.

God is the person who is the most important in my life.  He gives me so many things and I will always be grateful for that.  Casa Hogar is a place I will always carry in my heart because Casa Hogar is my family.  Each one that is in Casa Hogar is my sister and my brother.  Mama Lupita is my mother.  These are things I never thought I would have, but God gave them to me.  Casa Hogar is one of the most beautiful things that God has given me.

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