Finding her niche
Violeta Cortez left the Tacoma area several years ago to join her family in the Quincy Valley. She soon found herself involved in community service and working with Quincy’s youth.
Before finding her roots in Quincy, Cortez left Tacoma for a short time to study at Spokane Falls Community College, where she completed a degree in counseling. In Tacoma, Cortez worked as a drug and alcohol prevention and treatment counselor.
“My passion,” said Cortez, “is working with youth and families.”
She followed her niche and began working as the coalition and programs coordinator for Communities That Care in Quincy. Cortez has worked with the organization since 2010.
“Communities that Care,” said Cortez, “is specific to the local area. We network with schools, law enforcement and public officials for youth development and prevention of youth-related problems.”
Family attracted Cortez to the area four years ago when she found out she was going to become a grandmother. Her daughter, Sofia Soto, and son-in-law, Victor Soto, were expecting their first child.
“I wanted to be here to welcome my first grandchild,” said Cortez.
She is also excited to announce that she is waiting for a second grandbaby.
Cortez also has two older sons, Oswald and Eduardo Jones. Oswald works for Walt Disney World. Eduardo is working on his doctorate degree in psychology at the University of Southern California on a scholarship.
“I am the proud mother of three, “said Cortez, “and grandma of one and a half.”
In her spare time, Cortez likes to travel. Last year on Memorial Day weekend, one of her sons treated her to a trip to the Dominican Republic.
“I have always wanted to go there,” said Cortez, “I like dancing and listening to their music. Everybody down there dances. They are down to earth and genuine.”
Cortez enjoys spending time with family and friends. She also enjoys sharing her life experiences. Whenever she can, she dedicates time to her church and teaching the Bible.
She also loves the town of Quincy.
“It’s small and you can get to know people easier,” said Cortez.