Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Vanessa Rodriguez

Safe Harbor Voice  |  September 14, 2021
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with Vanessa Rodriguez

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What is your name?  

Vanessa Rodriguez Borrero 

What do you do in the community?  

I work as a Community Action Coordinator for the Hispanic Alliance and LiveWell Greenville in the BUILD Trust, BUILD Health Project. The primary health aim of Build Trust, Build Health(Fomentar la Confianza, fomentar la Salud) is to reduce disparities of obesity in the White Horse Road Corridor (WHRC) Hispanic youth, mitigating future disparities in chronic disease.  

I also have a blog aimed at Hispanic women where I share daily reflections of optimism and hope: Descalza (barefoot) and you can find it on Facebook and Instagram @vdescalza.

What is your country of origin?  

Puerto Rico 

What is something that stands out about Puerto Rico?  

We are happy and resilient people with so many talents! 

What is something that you miss from Puerto Rico?  

The beaches and the weather 

What is something you wish people knew about Puerto Rico?  

Puerto Ricans are known for our warm hospitality, often considered very friendly and expressive to strangers. 

Is there something you wish were different about Puerto Rico?  

Yes, Puerto Ricans can't vote in the U.S Presidential Elections if we live on the Island, even though we are US citizens. I would love for the people to have a voice and this opportunity that represents our Island where the Policies and Laws are created.  

What is your favorite food from Puerto Rico?  

Carne mechada y arroz blanco. 

What is your favorite song by someone from Puerto Rico?  

Preciosa de Mark Anthony 

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

We Hispanics are humble people, hard workers and great spirits. Always look inside yourself and believe that we can do whatever we want, just believe and educate yourself with resources available. Together we can! 

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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