A Safe Haven for Farmworker Families
Updated: Jan 14
The ECMHSP Hendersonville Head Start Center opened on Monday, June 25. Mayra Lozano, Family Services Coordinator, was one of the most eager staff members receiving our farmworker families on the first day of the season. About 20 children showed up ready to learn.
An ECMHSP parent is excited to pick up her children.
The ECMHSP Hendersonville Center is unique because it’s located in Western North Carolina. The county is known as the Apple County because it’s surrounded by apple orchards. Besides harvesting apples, this center’s families also work with tomatoes, corn, strawberries, bell peppers, and squash. They also work pack a variety of produce and at nurseries.
Mayra Lozano, Family Services Coordinator, reading to the children at the Hendersonville Center.
Mayra has been part of the ECMHSP family since 2017. However, her experience at Telamon started in 2012, so she brings our organization plenty of experience. She knows first-hand how much farmworker families sacrifice. Although Mayra was only nine-years-old at the time, she recalls the day her dad fell off the ladder while picking oranges in Florida. The consequences would be life-changing because her dad broke two discs in his spinal cord. Seeing that her dad lost his ability to walk due to this accident shaped the rest of her life. Mayra knows that many farmworker families would struggle without the services that ECMHSP provide, so she always goes out of her way to give her very best. She knows how important it is to provide farmworkers’ kids a safe haven for learning while their parents are doing back-breaking labor in the fields.