Daisy

Daisy Reed

Daisy

“If I didn’t have the support I received through the Servant Leadership Program and from my parents, I think my story would have ended in tragedy” Sharing Daisy’s story allows us to highlight many of the Center for Sharing’s servant led communities. Daisy was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when she was three. Her parents found work here in agriculture.

During this time in her and her parent’s life, there was never really time for real conversation. Work was everything for her family. No one asked Daisy about her dreams and hopes for the future. What would she want to do? Who does she want to be? Everything was about just getting by.

Daisy went through hardships based on decisions she was making during her high school years and ended up graduating high-school from Jubilee Leadership Academy back when it was a co-ed program. Jubilee is a boarding school designed specifically to help heal hurting and troubled teens using a servant led, trauma informed approach. This means that love and trust is established before trying to teach them the skills needed to change their lives.

“If I didn’t have the support I received through the Servant Leadership Program and from my parents, I think my story would have ended in tragedy” Sharing Daisy’s story allows us to highlight many of the Center for Sharing’s servant led communities. Daisy was born in Mexico and came to the U.S. when she was three. Her parents found work here in agriculture.

During this time in her and her parent’s life, there was never really time for real conversation. Work was everything for her family. No one asked Daisy about her dreams and hopes for the future. What would she want to do? Who does she want to be? Everything was about just getting by.

Daisy went through hardships based on decisions she was making during her high school years and ended up graduating high-school from Jubilee Leadership Academy back when it was a co-ed program. Jubilee is a boarding school designed specifically to help heal hurting and troubled teens using a servant led, trauma informed approach. This means that love and trust is established before trying to teach them the skills needed to change their lives.

It was at Jubilee that Daisy first heard that she was special, and that God had great plans for her life. It was also there that she met her future husband. Although both Jubilee and Daisy’s mom taught the kids Christian values, after their marriage, Daisy slowly realized that her husband didn’t really share those same values. Daisy found herself living a “ghetto life” filled with poverty, drugs, and violence.

Although Daisy tried hard to make her marriage work, during her third pregnancy, she decided to finally close the doors on that relationship. It was during that time that she entered the work readiness program at The Center for Sharing, and moved into her first apartment separate from her ex-husband joining the Tierra Vida community. This was the first time she began to look to the future and what it holds.

When Daisy started at the Center for Sharing she had little job experience and was trained into an office assistant. Little by little, she found her voice as she took servant leadership classes, attended a nine month intensive business course with Charter College and engaged with co-workers. In time, she was given an opportunity to apprentice for bookkeeping. When CASA, the management company working to develop Tierra Vida, was looking for an on-site bookkeeper, Daisy was given an

opportunity to move into that position, where she flourished. She still works there today and is management.