00:00:00 Ramirez reflects on her upbringing and growing up in a military household. Her father was originally from Anasco, PR, her mother from Sabana Grande, PR, and they met in New York City and got married. 00:02:15 Ramirez reflects on how, at eight years old, she arrived at Ramey Base in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. She did not speak Spanish but did not feel discriminated. 00:05:19 Ramirez describes how she and her family moved back to Rome, in upstate New York, then returned to Puerto Rico two years later. 00:08:31 Ramirez shares her experiences in high school and university in Ponce. She states how she did not adapt well in a liberal environment and moved back home. 00:10:19 Ramirez reflects on her marriage and converting to the Seventh Day Adventist Church. 00:11:40 Ramirez explains how her family decided to move to Orlando, FL. She mentions that there were few Hispanics in the area, and they were scattered, but she adds that they never felt intimidated when they spoke Spanish. 00:22:00 Ramirez states that the few Puerto Ricans that they knew were mainly from the same church, where they connected and celebrated Christmas, “Tres Reyes” and “Octavitas”. 00:23:48 Ramirez reflects on visiting a neighborhood Puerto Rican supermarket “Bodega La Placita." Ramirez mentions that it gave her family a sense of belonging. 00:26:55 Ramirez discusses how, while working at Sears, she was offered a job as an Assistant Specialist with Children and Family, in which her bilingualism was a plus. 00:30:00 Ramirez explains how, while working with Children and Family, she realized the need that Puerto Ricans have for services that the system provided. 00:34:00 Ramirez describes how she became a deputized Voter Registration assistant, and her job was to provide information to newcomers into the voting process. 00:36:00 Ramirez describes her impact in the community as a facilitator of information and resources already available to the community. 00:39:00 Ramirez describes how she was working as a Supervisor for the Neighborhood Watch when, in 2006, she was approached by the office of Mayor Buddy Dyer to work in the new office of HOLA, Hispanic Office for Local Assistance, where she stayed for 10 years. Ramirez is currently working as a part-time consultant for AARP in Orlando, FL. 00:48:00 Ramirez ends the interview calling the United States a promise land where the right attitude is the winning tool.
Altamonte Springs, FL