A LITTLE BIT ABOUT OUR JOURNEY…
There was a night over a decade ago, Daniela and I were lying in bed having one of our many sister pillow therapy sessions, talking about how tired we were of watching our family struggle. Of seeing the people we loved the most stressed, overwhelmed and falling apart. Of watching our parents damn near work themselves to the bone to just simply survive.
We come from an immigrant family of some of the hardest working, honest and selfless people you’ll ever meet. People that live with integrity and would give the shirt off their backs to help someone in need. But we were ALL broke and broken!!
What the hell were we supposed to do??
We were told the poor can’t help the poor. You’ve got to make your moves in life and take care of YOU. The objective being – get out of the hood as best you can.
We’ve spent our whole lives witnessing what social and economic disparities have done to our community and lived it first hand. Watching everyone around us get sick and sicker.. working themselves to death LITERALLY. Cancer, chronic disease, mental illness.. trauma runs deep in our family – and deep in our hood.
Daniela and I made a promise to each other that one day we would create a wellness center for our community – a place where ALL people of ALL backgrounds and abilities were welcomed with open arms. The mission of our center would be making a path of healing and wellness accessible to ALL PEOPLE and no one would be turned away. The Wild Plum was born that night in our hearts – though we had NO IDEA how we would make it happen!
We didn’t have money nor did we come from it. We knew bringing an investor on would mean profit would have to be at the top of the priority list. But we were trying to bring ETHICS into the business equation – and make IT our driving force.
Well here we are.. almost two years in to the biggest project of our lives thus far. We poured our heart and soul and every penny in our pockets to get these doors open. We hope you feel the love we’ve planted here, and support the Plum in growing strong roots for generations to come.
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