Editor’s note: This is the latest installment of our blog series, “The Women of KidWorks.” This week, we highlight another very special mom!
“Siempre con una sonrisa.”
It means “always with a smile,” and it’s the motto that guides Corina Mora, receptionist and administrative assistant at our Dan Donahue Center, on how she lives her life.
“To me, those words say that it’s important to treat everyone the same, and always warmly,” Corina says.
Corina and her husband, Hector Sr., are very proud—and very involved--parents of four boys: Adrian, 18-years-old, who will be a senior at Saddleback College; Hector, Jr., 14, an incoming freshman at Mater Dei High School; Isaac, eight-years-old, who is entering third grade and Nathan, five, who will be starting kindergarten.
All her boys have been part of KidWorks programs. Finding out about KidWorks was easy since Corina’s parents owned a home right across the street from what eventually became our Dan Donahue Center. She and her family now live in the same house along with her mother, Nelly, 76-years-old.
“My boys are everything to Hector and me,” Corina says.
As a working mom, she has learned the art of balancing parenting, a job, volunteering with Hector Sr. at our preschool and a full schedule of youth sports.
“We are a sports family,” Corina says. “My boys all play baseball, and we are huge Los Angeles Angels and Dallas Cowboys fans,” she says. “We even named our one-and-a-half year old French bulldog ‘Dallas’ and he has his own team jersey.”
Corina has become a valuable resource to the parents who come to our center, especially the moms.
“Sometimes the moms will tell me about a problem they are having, often with their children or financially,” Corina says. “I’ll direct them to resources, but often a person just needs someone to quietly listen.”
From raising her own boys, Corina has learned that it’s important for parents to be proactive with those in charge if they feel their children are at risk in any way.
“Once, one of my little ones was bullied in school,” she says. “I spoke up, and at first the principal dismissed my concerns. I persisted, and eventually the situation was resolved when the mother of the bully was made aware of the situation. This taught me to speak up when necessary.”
As one of the first moms to ever enroll a child at our Dan Donahue Center, Corina is filled with joy at each child see sees enter our doors.
“I am so excited about our upcoming expansion of the Dan Donahue Center,” she says. “It will mean even more kids playing sports, doing homework and being in a safe place.” And with a smile, she adds: “When the kids are not here, it is too quiet. I miss the chaos!”