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From Tragedy to Triumph



During its annual meeting on September 28th, 2019, The Children’s Center, Inc. Board of Directors nominated and elected David James Holmen to become its Chairman of the Board for the upcoming year (October 1, 2019-Sepember 28, 2020). Mr. Holmen is Public Relations Manager for Classic Auto Group in Galveston and has been an area resident for the past 18 years. Supporting many civic and community projects, he also serves on the Coastal Credit Union Board of Directors David and his wife Gena reside in La Marque, Texas. Gena is a licensed insurance agent with Highpoint Insurance Group. The Holmen family includes son, Alexander who is a First-Class Petty Officer in the Navy on the staff for Commander, Submarine Force Atlantic, his wife Katelyn, a homemaker, and their children, Amelia and Emmie. Son, Ario is a Texas A & M graduate in Engineering. He works with EADS Distributing in Clute, Texas. Daughter, Angelena, has completed training at College of the Mainland in Cosmetology and practices her trade at the San Luis Resort, Spa and Conference Center in Galveston, Texas. At age 30, David and his family moved to Galveston from St. Paul Minnesota. In Minnesota, David had worked in automobile sales and was challenged by inner city turmoil and substance abuse issues. The move to Galveston was a commitment to change for David, but it wasn’t easy. Gena and the children, then 12, 8 and 4 moved into The Children’s Center – Family Crisis Center. Unable to accept the dilemma of homelessness, David lived in his car, on the streets. Achieving sobriety and a sales position at the Bob Pagan dealership, David has not looked back. Inspired by faith, he and Gena continue their unwavering commitment to their own children and grandchildren, the community and social justice for children and families served by The Children’s Center, Inc.

Orphanage fire survivor recovers at The Children’s Center

T he Children’s Center was there for Nina*, who had miraculously survived a horrific fire in Central America. This tragedy was yet another blow for a young woman who had endured a life of poverty, abuse and neglect that ultimately had her placed in an orphanage. She was coping with intense physical pain and the emotional agony due to the loss of her friends when she was flown to the United States for emergency medical treatment. Her stay was extended due to her fragile condition. With no family, she was placed into a Children’s Center Host Home where she received traumainformed, compassionate care while continuing her medical treatments. She is now a U.S. Resident, is studying English and learning to drive a car. Nina* thrived in her new environment and is so grateful to the care she received that she is planning a career in social services. Her goal is to give back by helping others as others have helped her. * Named changed to protect privacy of our client

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