In 2020 we’re kicking off our OHB Employee Spotlight series where we’ll be introducing you to one of our amazing employees here at OHB each month. To get things started, we’re looking to our Jacobs’ Place Transitional Living Program and the guy who holds the fort down on the weekends. Meet Felix!
Felix has worked at OHB for just under a year and a half as a Transitional Living Assistant.
Tell us a bit about your work here at OHB. What is a typical day like for you?
I am the weekend, (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) overnight staff for OHB’s Transitional Living Program. My job is to ensure all residents are transported, given their night medications and where they are supposed to be at the end of the day.
What do you enjoy most about working at OHB? What keeps you motivated/excited?
I enjoy my time talking and listening to our young residents. As the night staff, I get to be their bouncing board in the middle of the night when they can’t sleep, due to issues that are disturbing them at the end of their week.
There are many nonprofits in Omaha, why do you choose to serve here at OHB?
I choose OHB because their mission statement and goals demonstrated my own ideas and goals that I wanted to accomplish working with young men and women.
All about you…
Where did you grow up/where are you from?
I grew up in a small town (Thorndale, Texas) about 50 miles Northeast of Austin, Texas.
Who was your most significant influence or mentor as a child?
My mother and father are the ones that influenced me the most as I was growing up. Both were hard workers and they instilled great work ethics in me and my three older siblings. We were taught that we could do anything we wanted to do in life but you had to work hard to reach your goals. My parents made me very independent at a young age and it made me strive to always do my best at any task or sports I participated in. During high school I was always among the top ten in my class of about 50 students. In sports, I was a four-year Varsity Letterman in Basketball and track, a three-year Varsity Letterman in football, and a one-year Varsity Letterman in golf.
What is a quote, mantra or affirmation you live by?
My father always told me, if I was pointing at someone, three fingers were pointing back at me and one pointing upward, which didn’t count, the Man upstairs made no mistakes. Yes, my Dad was a Preacher, C.O.G.I.C. This taught me not to blame others for my situation without looking at myself first.
If you could…
If you could have lunch with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be and why?
My Father and Martin Luther King. To me, they both were so much like. Preaching love for all people to treat each other as they wanted to be treated.
If you had a year off, with pay, what would you do?
I would spend more time visiting with my family. I would travel with my wife, spending more time with my mother, brother, sister, brother- in-law, sister- in-law, my sons, and grandson.
If you could master one skill you don’t currently have, what would it be and why?
I wish I had a great singing voice. If I had a great singing voice, it would give me great pleasure to share my voice to bring happiness to others.
Tell us about…
Your favorite holiday
Christmas has always been my favorite Holiday. I have so many fond memories as a child of all my relatives visiting during the Christmas season. As an adult, it was always great to see the joy on my sons’ and grandson’s faces on Christmas morning.
Your perfect day
My perfect day would be sunny and warm with the temperature in the upper eighties. My only task listed for the day would be going fishing with my sons and grandson.
Your favorite thing to do in Omaha
I officiate high school football and basketball in the Omaha area. It is my way to try to stay in shape and I also get to work with some of our young sports talent in the area.
This or That
Taco Tuesdays or Sushi Saturdays?
Have to be Taco Tuesday, can’t do Sushi.
Dog or Cat?
Growing up, I always had a dog and my wife grew up with cats. Our first ten years of marriage we didn’t have any pets. In 1994 my wife and youngest son brought home a kitten and I adjusted to it.
Phone Call or Text?
I prefer to talk to someone on a phone call.
Facebook or Twitter?
Rich Friend or Loyal Friend?
I can care less for a friend’s financial status, loyal through good times and bad.
Want to work alongside Felix at OHB?
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