Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Maria Gray

Safe Harbor Voice  |  September 24, 2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Maria Gray

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What is your name? 

My name is Maria Gray.  

What do you do in the community? 

I have the pleasure to work as Community Wellness Case Manager for Unity Health on Main. My role is to listen, advocate, empower, and connect our community members to the economic and social resources available to improve their health and quality of life.  

What is your –or your family’s- country of origin? 

I was born in Honduras. My father is from Spain and my mother is of Lebanese origin.  

What is something that stands out about your heritage? 

I have a multi-cultural background and across cultures what stands out is the love for family, community, and wonderful food.  

What is something that you miss from Honduras and/or your heritage? 

I miss the beauty of nature and the warmth of the people.  

What is something you wish people knew about your heritage? 

I would like to share that people have similar ideals and aspirations as we do here: life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.   

Is there something you wish were different about Honduras? 

I wish there were more opportunities and security in Honduras.  

What is your favorite food from Honduras and/or your heritage? 

My favorite foods are homemade Honduran tamales wrapped in banana leaves, Spanish seafood paella, and Lebanese meat pies.   

What is your favorite song by someone who shares your heritage?  

“Así te Amo Yo, Honduras” (This is How I Love You, Honduras) from Shirley Paz and “La Otra España” (The Other Spain) from Mocedades.  

 Is there anything else you want to add about Hispanic Heritage Month? 

Hispanic Heritage Month gives us a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the richness of culture, diverse talents, and significant contributions to our communities by Hispanic immigrants and their descendants. This beautiful country allows us this freedom and that is another reason to celebrate!  


I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because...

I am a survivor of domestic abuse.

“I didn’t know that I was being abused because my definition of abuse looked different. My husband pushed me, but most of my suffering was verbal and psychological. I left my husband to protect our young daughter. Almost immediately I felt the weight of his oppression begin to lift. I could see a difference in my daughter as well. Then he broke into my home and assaulted me in-front of her.

I sought help and was led to Safe Harbor. My daughter and I are in counseling now. I am sorting out the mess that abuse has caused. I am finding my voice and seeking opportunities to grow and better my life as well as my daughter's. She will gauge her self-worth from my own self-worth. I must show her that she deserves the best, by expecting the best for myself.

Many years I suffered in silence. By telling my story and being honest with friends and family, I am taking control of my life again.”

- Beth



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