Elva Guevara was born in Guatemala on 1971. In the year of 1986 Elva’s mother, who was already a resident in the United States, helped find her find passage to the United States in the year of 1986. She worked in a factory where leather belts were manufactured, but then moved on to selling accessories for women and bed quilts on the streets. She became a legal resident in the state of New York in the year of 1993, and became a U.S. Citizen in the year of 2004.
At the age of 17, Elva had her first born child, but continued her education at Liberty High School. She picked up her first job as a waitress, and joined the Women’s Association in her church where she worked with her pastors in doing community activities. Elva did 3 years of Bible institute with AIPJ, Inc. organization. Under the same organization, she has taken several disciple ship and leadership courses.
For 15 years, Elva worked as an entertainer singing in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and St. Croix. She also has obtained her license in cosmetology, doing pedicures and manicures. Most of the money she earned was used to export shoes, clothes and food to the orphaned children, women, and senior citizens.
From 2006 to 2010, Elva did voluntary service in Ecko Park, ABS’s head start head start program as a teacher for mothers who did not know how to read and write in English. She also provided fitness class (Zumba), and had an arts & crafts programs for the members of the Head Start school. This is where Elva started to notice that there was a need in the Harlem community.
Elva has been a teacher for Mental Disorder since 2010, giving classes to Social workers from ACS, parents with children who showed symptoms of mental disorder, and to families who are in court because ACS has taken their children. In the year of 2011, she took courses from the Department of Health to obtain a Food License. In the same year, she took basic and advanced Entrepreneur classes. She started doing more community activities like volunteering for events helped Harlem Prep Charter School and Harlem Day Charter School between the years of 2010 to 2011.
Specializing in huge events as a Master of Ceremony, Elva has partaken in many events held with different organizations and churches voluntarily. She has helped coordinate concerts, fund raising events, events to collect food, and toy drives to donate to the community of Harlem and to other countries with families who are less fortunate. She has assisted informational Health sessions and events to help collect school utilities and book bags for Back to School fairs. Elva has worked alongside with Maria Cruz since 2002, working on different social and community activities that benefited children, adult and senior citizens.
With help from Maria Cruz, in Jun 2010 Elva Guevara founded United Yes We Can, Inc. (Unidos Si Se Puede). With the organization, Elva has people from different countries, giving them English and Spanish classes, Mental Disorder classes, Group support classes, individual support sessions, Family Movie events in Taino Towers’ Red Carpet theater, Zumba classes, agriculture activities in The Garden, low cost doctor referrals, emergency food and clothes distribution, Resume building for jobs, and international help including Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Mexico, and Dominican Republic. She ships out via boat clothes, shoes, food, wheels chairs, etc. The organization also has delivered cooked meals to those in need in several different areas of New York.
The organization works hard in the community 6-7 days of the week.
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