“If I didn’t have the support I received through the Servant Leadership Program and from my parents, I think my story would have ended in tragedy”
Meet Daisy! Sharing Daisy’s story allows us to highlight many of the Center for Sharing’s servant led communities. Daisy was born in Mexico and came to the U.S when she was about 3. Her parents found work here in agriculture. When Daisy was in 3rd grade they moved to Vista Hermosa, at Broetje Orchards, where her mom went to work in the day-care center and her dad became a crew leader in the orchard there.
During this time in her and her parent’s life, there was never really time for real conversation. Work was everything for her family. No one asked Daisy about her dreams and hopes for the future. There was never any talk of the future or planning for it. What would she want to do? Who does she want to be? Everything was about just getting by.
Daisy had gone through some hardships based on the decisions she was making during her high school years and after she went to school in Prescott she ended up graduating high-school from Jubilee Leadership Academy back when it was a co-ed program. Jubilee is a boarding school designed specifically to help heal hurting and troubled teens using a servant led, trauma informed approach. This means that love and trust is established before trying to teach them the skills needed to change their lives.
It was at Jubilee that Daisy first heard that she was special, and that God had great plans for her life. It was also there that she met her future husband. Although both Jubilee and Daisy’s mom taught the kids Christian values, after their marriage, Daisy slowly realized that her husband didn’t really share those same values. Daisy found herself living a “ghetto life” filled with poverty, drugs, and violence.
Although Daisy tried so hard to make her marriage work, during her third pregnancy, she decided to finally close the doors on that relationship. It was during that time that she found a job with The Center for Sharing, and moved into her first apartment separate from her ex-husband joining the Tierra Vida community. She was alone, scared, and for the first time she began to look to the future and what it holds.
When Daisy started at the Center for Sharing she had little to no experience and was trained into an office assistant. Little by little, she found her voice as she took servant leadership classes, attended a nine month intensive business course with Charter College and engaged with co-workers. In time, she was given an opportunity to apprentice for bookkeeping. When CASA, the management company working to develop Tierra Vida, was looking for an on-site bookkeeper, Daisy was given an opportunity to move into that position, where she flourished. She still works there today.
Daisy says that servant leadership helped her to learn how to ask questions of those she serves in an effort to understand why they think and feel like they do rather than telling them what they should do! Daisy feels like God has called her to be a voice for the people in the community. Her perspective is that taking the rent just allows her to notice when something is ‘up’ so that she can offer support, guidance and love. She loves to remind folks that this community is not just a place to live, it’s more like a big family where we can share our feelings and grow together into God’s plans to give us all hope and a future.
Center for Sharing’s, servant leadership program, is committed to helping people find their talents and believing in themselves to use those talents. They walk with them, empower them, love them, and guide them. They believe in those who may have never had anyone believe in them before.