team food box program

Meet the Distribution Team

Our team assembles over 1,000 food boxes every week! We are lovers of vegetables and fruits, we care for each other, and we are passionate about healthy food access being a right for all. Together, we make this dream a reality.

our team

Angela

Angela Cruz

Distribution Packing Team

Angela is from a beautiful place in Mexico called Aguascalientes, a place that she loves and misses. For the past ten years, she has been the mother of two beautiful daughters. They love animals (especially cats), eating delicious food (especially sushi and ice cream).

They love living in Colorado. They love the snow and mountains and getting outside to enjoy this beautiful state. Belonging to the amazing GrowHaus team is a gift and a benefit to their family and the people who receive food from The GrowHaus. She is thankful for this time in her life and knows that even through hard times we must keep moving forward!

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Araceli Guerrero

Packing Team & Promotora Apprentice

Araceli is from a ranchito called El Tepetate in the state of Zacatecas. It was there where she spent the majority of her childhood spending time with her friends and helping her father tend to the land by cutting beans and corn. She arrived in the United States at the age of twenty and says the change to a foreign place was difficult, due to the different cultures and languages. Araceli has lived in Swansea for over 11 years and has created many friendships within the community. She feels great emotion to be able to work alongside The GrowHaus team and live in a community that she cares deeply about. She wants to continue growing in several aspects and helping those in need in her community.

Angelo

Angelo Gallo

Distribution Packing Team

Angelo is was born in Maracaibo, Venezuela. He was born in October and is currently 22 years old. Angelo came to the USA in 2016 at only 17 years old. He considers himself a charismatic, spontaneous, hard-working, and outgoing person. He really enjoys listening to music, dancing, running, reading, exercising, and photography. He loves to learn and but his real passion is acting and everything that has to do with the performing arts. Angelo feels very welcomed to The GrowHaus Food Distribution department and is very proud of the work we do!

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Fabiola Medina

Distribution Packing Team

Fabiola is a loving mother to Antonella and Natalia and the wife of Edinson. She loves life. She is a proactive person, a life-long learner, a hard worker, and capable of achieving anything life puts in front of her without doing harm to anyone else.

She values friendship and the trust of other people. Her work life has changed a lot since she started working with The GrowHaus. She is grateful for how we work as a team, for the job stability and the support she has received from The GrowHaus. To summarize, she feels very grateful!

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Gabriela Alarcon

Distribution Packing Team

Gabriela works on the Food Distribution team at The GrowHaus. She is a working mother from Chihuahua, Mexico and has been living in Denver for almost 20 years. She started working at The GrowHaus in the Spring of 2020 after her son, Irving (a previous employee at The GrowHaus), asked her if she wanted to assemble Food Boxes for the community.

She enjoys working at The GrowHaus because she gets to support families with accessing healthy food. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her family.

Teresa

JTeresa Brizuela

Food Access Specialist

Teresa likes her friends to call her Tere. She loves to support people in achieving happiness. She is from Venezuela and arrived in Colorado more than 2 years ago. Tere graduated from the Universidad de Carabobo in Human Resource Management, which she has worked in for more than 16 years. She enjoys the views of the Colorado mountains, as they remind her of the San Diego Valley in Venezuela where she lived. Tere has two sons, which she misses since one lives in Spain and another in Ecuador. When she first learned about The GrowHaus, she soon came in to learn more about it with her mother. Tere really admired the colorful facade in the middle of such a gray area. She liked the plants, the natural setting, and the use recycled materials. Tere is convinced of the importance of ecology principles in reducing, recycling, reusing, and repairing. She seeks to apply these three principles to help protect the environment not just at work, but in her daily life. She likes to work here for the atmosphere, the friendliness of the team, and especially the impact it can have on people and their families. Tere values the contact with the community, because it can contribute to a better quality of life for community members, without ever forgetting that she still a lot to learn.

Leticia

Leticia Marin

Distribution Packing Team

Leticia was born in Zacatecas Mexico but has called Denver, Co her home since 1995. She really enjoys mother nature. She loves flowers, rivers, trees, and anything that has to do with nature. Lety appreciates the beauty of nature all around us and encourages everyone around her to do the same.

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Maria Campos

Distribution Packing Team

Maria is originally from Aguascalientes, Mexico, moved to Denver when she was 12 years old, and has lived in the Elyria-Swansea neighborhood for the last 16 years. She came to The GrowHaus out of curiosity and fell in love with the place. She loves working at The GrowHaus because it makes her feel at home and wants to contribute to getting the Hispanic community involved in improving the health and wellness of our neighborhood. Coming from a farming family, she believes in the idea that nobody should struggle to get healthy food no matter where you live or where you come from. She also enjoys motherhood, dancing, and family time.

Natalie Espinoza

Food Distribution Representative

Originally from California, Natalie has called Denver home since 2014. She is starting her journey to become a certified Nutritional Therapist and currently holds a certificate in Herbalism.

Natalie enjoys learning about traditional folk medicine and how we can apply it in this time of age. She believes that through education about plant medicine and food, we can individually take control of our health.

Natalie is looking forward to learning about permaculture and aquaculture, how it works, and how she can apply it to everyday life. She believes that food should be accessible and affordable for everyone and is excited to become a member of the Food Box Program. She enjoys tending to her home garden, loves every minute of being a mother, and can usually be found outdoors.

Valerie

Valerie Ibanez

Purchasing Manager

Valerie left her island, Puerto Rico over two years ago to follow one of her passions. Her connection with food started at an early age in her grandma’s kitchen, cooking with her mom and aunts, exchanging stories and sharing laughs. After Studying in August Escoffier School of Culinary Arts in a farm-to-table program in Boulder, she dove into the restaurant industry to absorb everything she could about food and experience working in all sorts of kitchens. Since then, her relationship with food has expanded and as a recent Certified Yoga Instructor, her approach has become much more holistic. She truly believes that every person has the right to nourishing food. She trusts that empowering people to experiment in their gardens and kitchens, not only will it transform their approach to food, but their relationship with the world.

Daniel

Daniel Rojas

Distribution Packing Team

Born and raised in Coro, a small city close to the Caribbean sea, the reason why he loves and misses the beach. Daniel moved to Denver in 2017 and fell in love with the Rocky Mountains. He came to volunteer with the food distribution team just for one day and immediately was amazed by the mission of The GrowHaus. He feels so proud to work for an organization like this and he wants to keep fighting for food justice. He loves studying! Daniel went to the Universidad Nacional Experimental Francisco de Miranda and got two degrees, one in civil engineering and the other in audiovisuals arts, he also went to a Christian seminary to be a pastor. He would love to get a degree in psychology in the future and help with mental health to people who can not afford a therapist.

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