- Occupation: Co-owner, Event Coordinator, and Marketing Director of The Post at Lamar Park, Office manager for a law practice, Photographer
- Charity: New Life Refuge Ministries
- Inner Beauty: “There is a saying, and I am not sure who said it first, but it says it better than I could: ‘Good looks fade, but a good heart keeps you beautiful forever.’ Inner beauty is genuine and cannot be put on like lipstick, later taken off, just to be applied once again - it’s constant through it all, always shining through.”
To say Susan Gonzales is superb at multi-tasking is an understatement: Mother of two, co-owner of one of Corpus Christi’s favorite restaurants, office manager for a law firm, freelance photographer. Last, but most certainly not least, she’s an active volunteer at New Life Refuge Ministries.
Human trafficking isn’t easy to talk about. However, New Life Refuge Ministries brings awareness to the very real issue it poses in our city. “Human trafficking is considered taboo, even among the nonprofit world. It’s dark; it’s disturbing; and it’s a brutal reality of life, especially within our community, as we are located closer to the Mexico/USA border where many women, children, and men are trafficked and lost to never be seen again,” explains Gonzales.
There is evidence of human trafficking in every single neighborhood in Corpus Christi. New Life Refuge Ministries’ fundraising efforts mainly go toward building a rehabilitation center and sanctuary for female victims. “There may be a cottage for young boys, but at this time, their first focus is for young girls under the age of 18 that do not have any other additional family,” Gonzales adds.
She explains, “Ground has broken for their first cottage that they hope will be complete by January 2017. Each cottage will hold 6-8 young girls. From there, they will work toward fundraising to build a multi-purpose house that will hold activities and community outreach programs. Then they will continue to add cottages as fundraising efforts continue.”
Gonzales continues her work with New Life Refuge Ministries bringing human trafficking to the forefront, “Showing our citizens that it is real, it is happening, and it is right there, even in your very own neighborhood.” As the mother of two girls, the issue hits close to home.
Her girls provide a wealth of inspiration in her life, and Gonzales hopes to inspire their giving hearts by leading them through example. It takes a generous spirit, hard work, and dedication. She says, “For my daughters, there is so much that I want to teach them, and honestly I hope there is never a time that I am not teaching them something to learn from.”
- Fundraising profile: www.fundraise.com/7-most-beautiful-women-inside-and-out-2016/susan-gonzales