Domestic abuse survivor to be honored

first_imgNORWALK – Yadira Gudino always believed the road to a better life begins with a good education, but an abusive marriage put her life on a different path at age 19. “He always had a very dominant personality, and it started with him wanting to control me,” she said of her ex-husband. “He would take my money, and he was aggressive, and then he started to hurt me physically.” A decade later, Gudino, who now lives in a domestic violence shelter with her two young children, is trying to get her life – and her education – back on track. She is ready to begin again, after being named a Women’s Opportunity Award recipient by the Soroptimist of Santa Fe Springs. The annual award is given to women who have overcome adversity but still need financial help to further their education, said WOA organizer Annette Rodriguez. Gudino, 29, however, is not typical of most awardees, many of whom have overcome drug-addiction problems, Rodriguez said. “The reason they picked Gudino is because she was just so determined to better herself. She’s never been on drugs, so that was different, that wasn’t her issue,” she said. “Her issue was being abused by her husband and coming to the United States not knowing anybody and feeling insecure about herself. But the way she spoke, she’s still very positive. She doesn’t want to be a welfare burden. She just wants to make a career for herself,” Rodriguez added. That is something Gudino has believed since she was a teenager attending school and working full-time in Michoacan, Mexico. When she met her husband in Mexico, his schedule called for him to work nine months out of the year in New York and three months in Mexico. In 2000, he brought his wife and daughter to the United States, where he got a job in Anaheim. Gudino was pregnant with her son, knew no English and had no friends or relatives around. Then the abuse began to escalate, culminating in a violent outburst in which he hit Gudino in front of her daughter. She made a police report and officials helped find her temporary housing. “I want her to live a better life,” she said of her daughter. “For me, I thought, `I’m going to lose whatever I lose – but my daughter will be the one who wins.’ She’s the one who made me get out.” With a boost from the $800 check she will receive from the Soroptimist, Gudino hopes to complete the English classes she is taking. She wants to get her GED and possibly take some business or accounting courses. Meanwhile, the shelter she is living in provides day care while Gudino is at school. “I was very happy when I found out I’d won,” she said. “The best thing I can do is study. I go to counseling and I’m pretty busy, but I’m making our lives better.” Gudino will be honored by the Soroptimist at a “Tea for Two” fund-raising event at 11 a.m. March 4 at Town Center Hall, 11740 Telegraph Road, Santa Fe Springs. Donations are $20 per person. For more information, call (562) 665-8956. tracy.garcia@sgvn.com (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

Fans stunned as Sterling is gifted bizarre penalty in Man City Champions League game

first_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? Pep Guardiola gives Man City injury update and talks Christmas schedule Sterling’s leg tattoo shot itself. Only logical explanation.— Steven (@StevenMcinerney) November 7, 2018 What every Premier League club’s fans dream of this Christmas Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Raheem Sterling genuinely just got a penalty for kicking the pitch instead of the ball, which then forced him to trip over. The most Sterling thing I’ve ever seen. 😂😂😂 #MCISHA pic.twitter.com/ETHMwpUJGM— Jake Heasman (@jakeheasman) November 7, 2018 Latest Manchester City News whoops Raheem Sterling now hitting such high levels at Man City that he can win penalties without being tripped or diving. Fair play— Dean Jones (@DeanJonesBR) November 7, 2018 PEP TALK Manchester City went 2-0 up against Shakhtar Donetsk in bizarre fashion on Wednesday night.Pep Guardiola’s men had initially taken the lead through David Silva on 13 minutes and were gifted the opportunity to double it from the spot just ten minutes later. REVEALED REVEALED Kevin De Bruyne ‘loves Man City and wants to keep winning’, reveals father ANALYSIS Alternative Premier League table based on expected goals – lucky Spurs? BIG PRESENTS UP TOP Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? LIVING THE DREAM shining The average first-team salaries at every Premier League club in 2019 Sterling wins a penalty. pic.twitter.com/52mPrIunVX— Graham Abbott (@HarboroAbbo) November 7, 2018 THAT IS A SHOCKER!Raheem Sterling trips on the turf, unopposed and the referee awards a penalty kick. 😱 pic.twitter.com/vdCDsw8Qsf— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) November 7, 2018Raheem Sterling was played in by a beautiful ball from Fernandinho, however scuppered his opportunity inside the area, as he booted the turf and fell over while being pursued by multiple defenders.To his – and everyone else’s – shock, Sterling was then awarded a penalty.Despite the Shakhtar players’ appeals and sheer disbelief, the spot kick stood and was tucked away by Gabriel Jesus.You can watch the video of the incident above, and read the reaction below. Where every Premier League club needs to strengthen in January Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won targets revealed last_img read more