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July 29, 2010 by Daniel

Evelyn began her shift at the LUCHA building at 9 in the morning. Around 10 am., she was kind enough to give us a few minutes of her time to ask her a few questions. She felt a bit distraught by our disruption to her schedule, but after explaining the importance of this interview she understood, and seemed to calm down. Thus, the interview began.

Evelyn shared with us some interesting facts of her family life, her work life, and her individual life as well. Although Evelyn, at first sight, seems to be a very busy, hardworking person, she’s more than that. She loves what she does, which is helping individuals find homes. Her work defines a big part of who she is; “I feel good about myself, and my work.”

Ever since she began, at first, volunteering at LUCHA, she has been rejoiced by her job knowing that she is helping individuals and families in the neighborhood where she lived a good part of her life. She began as a front desk clerk at the SRO building. Today, she helps manage the same building she had 5 years ago clerked at, in addition to other buildings, since she is now the Assistant Property Manager of LUCHA.

Evelyn has to manage more than 150 units. Although she has an assistant of her own, she still feels like she is always busy. She sometimes feels like a teacher when she has to explain everything to her assistant.

She confessed to us that sometimes her children ask her why she works so much. Sometimes she’ll get a call to fix a problem at a building in the middle of the night. Many of the tenants, she says are nice. All the ones in the SRO building, which has 68 individual units, are over 18, and can be “too social”, if you know what she means. Many can be a bit disrupting and hard to deal with and very gossipy, but she does not let this and other misfortunes get in the way of her having a good time.

She is happy to know that she is in charge of helping families and individuals struck with misfortunes get a home. And she is happy that there are people out there who appreciate what LUCHA has done and will continue to do for as long as it can.