The Center is proud to share that Latino Services Coordinator Maria Morales Levy was presented with the Community Pride Award from Univision North Carolina on October 30, 2013. Maria was bestowed this honor for her dedication to improving the well-being of the North Carolina Hispanic community. The award, given annually to a select few individuals, recognizes Maria for her hard work and commitment to serving Latino/a survivors of sexual violence in her provision of crisis intervention services, support groups, parent education programs, and child sexual abuse prevention programs.
Maria said, “Today, I received the highest honor conferred to me because it comes from the people, by the people – from the community.” Maria also noted that she “…receives this honor moved and with much love and humility.”
Maria works tirelessly to support survivors and their loved ones, and she continues to develop and expand the Center’s Latino Services Program in culturally competent and meaningful ways.
Since Maria started at the Center in January 2011, the Center has seen more than a 400% increase in Spanish-speaking clients, a testament to her ability to reach out and serve this community in supportive ways. When accepting this honor, Maria shared that she “…receives it for everybody – on behalf of each one of the advocates; people from different agencies, institutions, and media; and individuals with whom we work…who have unbreakable spirits and above all, the hope to support survivors in their healing processes and prevent and end violence.”
Watch the Univision segment about Maria’s award here: