Angel in Redondo Beach
TRIBUTE TO AMIGOS SIN BARRERAS / FRIENDS WITHOUT BARRIERS:
Amigos Sin Barreras/Friends Without Barriers, Redondo Beach, California Receives Jefferson Award
November 19, 2010 | Redondo Beach, California |
Amigos Sin Barreras/Friends Without Barriers, Redondo Beach, California "Kernel of Hope" Receives Jefferson Award profiled on ABC7 Television 6 O'clock News in Los Angeles
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Burton Danet, Ph.D., Co-Founder, ABC4All Portal4Relief http://home.abc4all.net/ 1-310-712-5477
Alma L. Martinez, President /Founder, Amigos Sin Barreras / Friends Without Barriers, (310) 316-7074 or (310) 540-1344. www.amigosonline.org Non-Profit ID # 95-4490952
Nov 19, 2010 – Redondo Beach, CA (AWWN) – Amigos Sin Barreras/Friends Without Barriers (Amigos), Redondo Beach, California Nonprofit Organization has been chosen to receive the prestigious Jefferson Award and will be profiled by ABC7 6 O'Clock Television News in Los Angeles. A supreme example of "Kernels of Hope" needed throughout the world, the award is an acknowledgement of the dedicated community work of all involved.
Amigos is a nonprofit organization currently operating two programs in the South Bay of Greater Los Angeles. Its first program initiated in July 1994 to provide outreach and education, information, referral, and a 24-hour hotline. Amigos received nonprofit status in July 1995.
In March 1996, Amigos opened its drop-in center named “Circle of Friends.” It collaborates with South Bay Family Healthcare Center, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center and South Bay AIDS Network to provide myriad services complementing these agencies.
Amigos has received very prestigious awards from Government agencies and the private sector. Its latest is a Congressional Award for Excellence and its founder was named People All Stars Among Us to represent the L.A Dodgers at the All Stars Game in Anaheim on July 13, 2010.
According to Burton Danet, Ph.D., Co-Founder of A Better Community For All (ABC4All), "Alma Martinez' work is an example for people everywhere to support and duplicate. It is through such 'Kernels of Hope' that the world can become better for all." At a recent event, Amigos was provided with samples of "Well Water(tm)" being brought to the world by ABC4All. More information: http://www.trunity.net/mmcp/topics/view/55824/
A Better Community For All (ABC4All) focuses on the betterment of citizenry and communities via a give-back model of conducting business in the world: “Maximizing Charitable Contributions on and off the Internet.”™ Support is offered for charitable causes worldwide. ABC4AllWorldSolutions!™ provide opportunities to reach unimagined “Health Heights™.” A healthier water and application of advanced technologies bring the potential for humanitarian relief wherever it is needed throughout the world in emergent/non-emergent situations.
ABOUT Jefferson Awards
Every day there are good people doing great deeds in our community -- volunteers who are going well beyond their expected duties. The Jefferson Awards is an award organization founded by Jacqueline Kennedy-Onassis in 1972 to encourage and honor people for their contributions through community service.
A Jefferson Awards honoree will be chosen once a month by ABC7, Los Angeles. The honoree will be profiled on Eyewitness News at 6pm. Alma’s will be profiled on the 6 O'clock News, Friday, November 19, 2010. The honoree will also receive a Jefferson Awards Medal, a $1,000 donation to the charity or community organization of their choice, and will be recognized at a special event hosted by ABC7.
A distinguished panel of community leaders will select one local honoree to attend the National Jefferson Awards festivities in Washington, D.C. That honoree will also be eligible for the prestigious Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis Award.
By Elex Michaelson
REDONDO BEACH, Calif. (KABC) -- Each month, the Jefferson Awards honor those extraordinary people in our community who tirelessly donate their time to help others. This month's winner is a woman named Alma Martinez who spends so much time helping others, she barely gets any sleeps.
Alma Martinez puts the "giving" in Thanksgiving. She's preparing the fixings for her second family, an organization called Amigos Sin Barreras, or Friends Without Barriers.
"They care for me more than I care for them. I mean they give me life, they give me a reason for living," says Martinez.
Almost everyone she cares for is living with AIDS, Martinez created this group after her own son began successfully battling the disease nearly 20 years ago.
"My son was in critical condition and dying, and he needed holistic treatment and he could afford it, and I wanted to do this, the same thing he was getting, except for poor people who could never afford it," says Martinez.
Martinez says the key to her entire program is the human touch. And it starts with everyone who walks in, gets a hug.
And not only are free hugs given out, massages and accupressure is also offered.
"It exists to help persons who have been on medications for so many years, that the toxins in those medications are affecting their bodies," says Martinez.
Chris Avalos has been getting massages ever since he met Martinez 16 years ago. Then, he was a drug addict in denial about his AIDS. Now, he's one of Martinez's closest friends.
"I call her 'mom.' She's my mom. She has put love in my life," says Avalos.
Giving love is a 24/7 job for Martinez. Most of the day, the 72-year-old cares for a sister who is battling advanced Alzheimer's disease. Late at night she writes grants to cover the $150,000 cost of her program.
"I only sleep three, four hours at the most at night, but I don't need more sleep, I'm an old bird, so who needs more sleep?" says Martinez.
We can all learn something from the woman known as the "Mother Teresa of Redondo Beach."
"From my story people can learn there's always a way of giving," says Martinez.
Alma Martinez is our Jefferson Award winner for the month of October.