Sister Yolanda Tarango grew up in Ysleta, a very old community in El Paso, where her family had lived for many generations. For the first three years of elementary school she was the only native Spanish-speaking child in an English-speaking Catholic school, and was given the message that she wasn't smart because her family experience didn't match that of the other children. Drawing from this experience, Yolanda has worked for justice for racial minorities, women, and the economically poor for much of her life. For the past 25 years at Visitation House, she and Sister Neomi Hayes have helped homeless single mothers and their children transition to permanent housing and independence, through a focus on education as foundational to ending the cycles of poverty and homelessness.
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