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I’m so grateful and blessed for my ability and capacity to feel very deeply. My father gave that to me. And as I write this note, I’m feeling and shedding tears of utter gratitude and elation
My name is Lawrence Sanchez. And I am a WARRIOR
I am the son of Guillermo Escarcega Sanchez and Elisa Alonso Tupas Sanchez. Grandson of Faustino Sanchez and Margarita Escarcega, and Ernesto Tupas and Gloria Alonso Tupas
This past Friday I graduated from California State University, Dominguez Hills with a B.A. in Human Services: Mental Health Recovery Concentration, Cum Laude and with Honors in my major. This was the completion of a 3-year journey, returning to school after 13 years away. Human Services is a broad and applied major geared for individuals pursuing work/practice in the helping and healing fields. My program is one of only two undergraduate level Human Services programs in CA currently. There were 3 internships built into it (two 120 hrs/one 180 hr). I conducted these while carrying 12-15 units of coursework per/semester, working full time as a special education assistant for the school district, and of course my responsibilities to myself, my partner and family
My first two internships were at the only dual intake 24-hour Emergency Domestic Violence Shelter in Los Angeles, working with all populations (womenLGBTQIA2S/hetero-male), through their journeys fleeing situations of intimate partner violence. My final internship was at a sub-acute lockdown mental health rehab center, working with individuals recovering from severe mental illness – here, I was able to implement my passion for holistic/alternative healing approaches into my work with clients. These were invaluably soul growing and heart-opening experiences that have forever altered my BEing, and which serve as fodder for my soul’s purpose
I held space for individuals, some in perhaps the darkest nights of their souls. The sheer humbling honor it is to be present with persons through their most vulnerable moments on their journeys of healing and recovery I give thanks for the capacity I’ve been blessed with to do this.