Woman inspired by mother to ‘translate’ struggle into service
Angela Gonzalez is being recognized with the Moorestown chapter of the DAR’s Women in American History award.
April 7, 2018
Each year, the Daughters of the American Revolution present the Women in American History award to a woman who is making a difference in their community and who serves as an example through her contributions in the areas of education, religion, social, scientific or cultural innovation. This April, the Moorestown chapter of the DAR is recognizing Angela Gonzalez with this honor.
“Angela has worked tirelessly in her community over the last two decades assisting the Hispanic community and other immigrants with issues that affect their lives most as they assimilate to our country,” said Kellianne Mayer, treasurer of the Moorestown chapter of the DAR. “Through the nonprofit agency she founded, Servicios Latinos works to break down barriers in education, employment, housing, transportation, health, immigration and other services.”
While her mother was alive, Gonzalez assisted her mother, who did not speak English, with calling doctors and setting up appointments. So, following her trip to church, Gonzalez, a Delran resident, went to the Mount Holly Gardens and began helping people facing language barriers by simply making phone calls on their behalf.
[On February 2000,] they got a small discretionary grant and began fundraising to build Servicios Latinos de Burlington County, where she serves as the executive director. Today, the Westampton-based nonprofit agency offers English as a Second Language classes, citizenship classes, translation services and other resources for the Hispanic population of Burlington County.
For Gonzalez, creating and running the nonprofit has been a transformative experience. She said the work never feels like “work.” She said for some, a job can drain the life out of them, but each day, she feels injected with life because she is doing something she is passionate about.
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