During a speech before the U.S. House of Representatives on October 26, 2012, Congressman Silvestre Reyes of Texas spoke about the efforts of one man Angel Gomez, a former U.S. Navy veteran, making a difference in his community.
“Mr. Speaker, I rise today to recognize Angel Gomez for selfless service to our community. He has helped thousands of people through his non-profit, Operation HOPE (Helping Other People Endure). Selfless doesn’t even begin to describe Angel Gomez.”
“Many lives have been touched by Angel, an appropriate name for a man with a heart the size of Texas. A native of El Paso, Texas, he is a proud Bowie Bear Alumni and Veteran, having attended Bowie High School and later joining the United States Navy. His real passion, other than serving his country in uniform, has always been helping others in need. In 1995 he began volunteering his time to the community, with the support of his wife Patricia, daughter Rubi and other family members. Seeing the growing need around him, he co-founded Operation HOPE in 2009, and he has invested his time and resources to help the El Paso community he loves so much”, the Congressman said.
“Operation HOPE has allowed Angel to share his vision of community outreach with thousands of people in need. He works with community partners and volunteers who share the same values and passion for giving, and these relationships have made it possible to multiply his efforts to improve our community. Over the past seventeen years, El Pasoans in need have received food baskets during the holidays, along with blankets, clothing, and medical supplies. Sick children who must spend much of their childhood in the hospital have received toys and gift baskets to lift their spirits. Hundreds of individuals with disabilities have received assistance with medical supplies, medications, durable medical equipment, and accessible ramps. And many families have received assistance with funeral expenses and spiritual support during their time of need”, he said.
“Not only has his work brought tangible assistance to those in need, but behind each action is also something intangible, something money cannot buy: hope. On behalf of the El Paso community, I would like to thank Angel Gomez for all he has done for those in need and for the positive impact he continues to have in our community. He has restored our community’s faith in the good that can be done by simply caring”, said the Congressman (source: Congressional Record http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CREC-2012-10-26/pdf/CREC-2012-10-26.pdf ).