Totally Tricia! #EPU40

  • Tell me about your EPU story—how did you get here?

I first discovered that I had a passion for children with Special Needs when I was in high school and volunteered at the Special Olympics in Santa Maria.  I heard of EPU while attending a line-dance class at Clovis Adult Ed.  I met Virginia Andrade there and as soon as she told me that she worked at EPU and what they do here, I wanted to work here too!

  • How long have you been affiliated with EPU?

I began working at EPU Children’s Center on March 1, 2011 at the Assessment Center as a CSA.  I got my Class B license and transported families, did childcare, among many other duties.  I was there for 13 months before my current position became available.  I love working at the front desk because I greet and welcome all of the families as they come in, and I enjoy the rapport I have with the children.  I have been here a total of 6 years, and love it more and more all the time.

  • Tell us about your family?

I have four adult sons, two daughter-in-laws and two grandchildren, ages 13 and 17.  I also take care of my father, who is 85 years old.

  • What’s your favorite part about EPU?

My favorite part of EPU is how we help the children and their families.  It is very rewarding to see how appreciative the families are when they leave EPU and feel so positive about their experience here.  It is special to me when the children recognize me and give me a smile, or a wave.

  • What’s your favorite EPU memory?

My favorite memory of EPU is my first Open House at Christmas time.  I was so impressed with all the activities and the decorations, and remember thinking how lucky I felt that I worked here.  Staff work so hard and put in such a great effort in all that they do here, and I feel fortunate to be a part of that.

  • What’s in the cards for your future?

My hope for my future here at EPU is that I continue doing the best that I can do make every family feel welcomed and appreciated.

  • What has EPU taught you?

EPU has taught me how to admire and respect every family that walks in the door because of the challenges they face.