The Sure Helpline Crisis Center honored inspirational community leaders at their 50th-anniversary gala held at St. Mary’s School on May 27. The organization celebrated 50 years of service to the community and honored a distinguished group of people that help the community in many ways.
To celebrate a year of success, the annual gala recognizes the men or women in the community with the IRON AWARD. The award is given to people that help the community do something against violence.
The awardees this year were: Stella Jimenez, Hortencia Armendariz, Monica Lepe Negrete, Dr. Tien Vo, Robert Amparano, Felicia Carter, Blanca Grijalva, Gloria Grijalva, Brian Tyson, Jesus Eduardo Escobar, Erik Ortega, Edgar Garcia, Judy Pitchard, Edward Ruiz, Gaby Olguin, Victor Beas, Gonzalo Gerardo, Rocio Ramirez, Tarcicio Navarrete Montes de Oca, Vicky Carr, and Alma Rosa Castellanos.
The Sure Helpline Crisis Center is known for being hardworking and being there for the people. Sauza, who also worked as a licensed real estate broker for over 40 years, decided to get involved after the murder of his son.
Margaret has been the director of the Sure Helpline Crisis Center and thanks to her hard work and the support of her staff, she has been able to grow the organization.
“We do not charge a penny to the victims or the people that need our help and our services. We are funded by state and federal funds. We get county funds to help against mental health issues and alcoholism,” Sauza shared in a previous interview with Beyond Borders Gazette.
The organization does a lot of awareness by going into the community to educate people on the issues most people are unaware it happens close to them. One of those events is the “Walk-A-Mile in Her Shoes” where the whole community comes together to speak up against sexual assault. It is the annual event where men are invited to use high heels so they can feel what women go through.