March 15, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 46 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
RECOGNIZING GLORIA PADILLA IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 46
(Extensions of Remarks - March 15, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E319] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] RECOGNIZING GLORIA PADILLA IN HONOR OF WOMEN'S HISTORY MONTH ______ HON. MARIO DIAZ-BALART of florida in the house of representatives Thursday, March 15, 2018 Mr. DIAZ-BALART. Mr. Speaker, in honor of Women's History Month, I rise today to recognize Gloria Padilla, whose dedication to the people of Immokalee and the Redlands Christian Migrant Association (RCMA) has had a major impact in our community. RCMA was established in 1965 and provides childcare and education services for low income and rural families. It has grown from two centers to seventy-one and is active in twenty-one counties in Florida. A lifelong resident of Immokalee, Mrs. Padilla has been a proven leader in our community. She joined the RCMA after graduating high school, becoming the youngest area coordinator in agency history. Gloria is currently tasked with overseeing seven childcare centers and twenty- four childcare homes, collectively serving 483 children. When Hurricane Irma struck in September, she offered the RCMA Immokalee Community School as a shelter for thousands of families displaced by the storm. Additionally, she helped organize with my office the opening of Horizon Village as temporary living spaces for constituents who lost their homes as a result of Irma. I find myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to collaborate with such a dedicated individual who cares so deeply about her community. In addition to her impressive work at the RCMA, Gloria serves on the board of the One by One Leadership Foundation and assists the community through outreach programs with her church. Through her professional and social capacity, Gloria's dedication to the people of Immokalee has improved the lives of many. Mr. Speaker, I am privileged to know Mrs. Padilla and I greatly admire her service to Immokalee. Gloria is an exemplary citizen who has chosen to use her many talents in service of those around her. I ask my colleagues to join me in recognizing this remarkable individual. ____________________