Making dreams a reality

Making dreams a reality in Gulfton

By: Ammi Arevalo, Community Member

My name is Ammi Arevalo and I was born in El Salvador. My family came to the United States 13 years ago.

One day in a need of better opportunities and a better job my mom was looking for a place that would offer computer or English classes, and someone gave her a flyer for EL PUENTE. When we went too look for it, we found a place full of colors, cozy, and warm with a nice lady at the front desk. She talked to us about the programs and my mom got registered for her first English and computer class.

We didn’t know that day was just the beginning of our journey to better opportunities. My mom started taking classes, my brother became a volunteer and I followed. EL PUENTE became Baker-Ripley – a beautiful center in the heart of Gulfton.

At Baker-Ripley we have taken various classes like cosmetology, English, healthy cooking, cake decoration, computer, Zumba and many more. My father became partner to a bakery in the neighborhood thanks to the baking classes he took at the center. Baker-Ripley has become a place where we not only take classes but where we celebrate important moments. This is where I got married!

BakerRipley has provided us with the tools to make our future dream of having our own family business come true. With hard work, effort and coaching we now have our own business! On September 1st, we celebrated the grand opening of Troncos Café. At the Café we offer healthy eating options for neighbors that visit Baker Ripley.

I believe this is just the beginning of a brighter future God had prepared for us but it wouldn’t be possible without the help of BakerRipley.