Maria is originally from El Paso, Texas but has been in Colorado for 24 years. Maria has been working in the community for 15 years. Her first job consisted in working for Family to Family as a family advocate at The Denver Children Advocacy Center. Maria proceeded to work for several agencies supervising visits for Fresh Start and DDHS. Years later Maria was offered to work as a Facilitator training Parents for the 10-14 Strengthening Families Program, working for The Office of Drug Strategic, Mi Casa Resource Center, Steps to Success, and Safe City. Maria had the great opportunity to work as a coordinator for the Family Leadership Training Institute providing back-to-back cohorts for 3 years, and now Maria works as our Community Engagement Specialist Engaging Residents, Business, Churches, Schools, and other Nonprofit agencies to MOC.