" The Soul Speaks" is the first book from La Maestra Publications celebrating the triumph of the human spirit. This collection of real-life stories told by people who have come from all over the globe, eventually landing in inner-city San Diego, builds awareness by exposing readers to what “reality” is for people with different backgrounds, cultures and beliefs. Each shares their experience about suffering through oppression, poverty and tragedy, living in survival mode, and finally finding the will and determination to escape, starting over and thriving in their new community, having paid an immense price for freedom and opportunity.
These stories will bring hope to others who have lived, or continue to live, in survival mode. They will inspire readers from all walks of life, showing how those who have struggled the most, having experienced unbelievable atrocities done by other humans, are drawn to helping people in need through work in community development.
“Riveting and inspiring.” -L. David
“The Soul Speaks makes me proud of my heritage and what my family four generations ago faced.” -J.P. Lethin
“This book has made me feel more connected and open to the people I cross paths with everyday in the city, no matter how different from me they seem.” -L.A. Webb
About the Author
Zara Marselian is the CEO and co-founder of La Maestra Community Health Centers and La Maestra Foundation. A native San Diegan and child of refugee and immigrant parents, she founded La Maestra to provide healthcare and social services to the immigrants and refugees in inner-city San Diego. Since 1990, La Maestra has expanded to serve patients in several areas of San Diego, including City Heights, El Cajon, National City and Lemon Grove.
Zara has been recognized locally and nationally as an ambitious advocate for the cause of helping the uninsured and improving access to culturally competent health and social services for the diverse communities of San Diego. She has received many local awards including the 2002 Kaiser Permanente "K-Star Award"; the 2003 "Channel 10 Leadership Award" and the 2004 "Channel 10 Overall Leadership Award"; the 2004 San Diego County "Health Heroes Award"; the 2004 Latino Builders’ "Community Service Award"; the 2005 "Making a Difference for Women Award" and the 2006 "Woman of Accomplishment Award" from Soroptimist International of San Diego; and the 2009 "Excellence in Health Services Award" from Chaldean and Middle-Eastern Social Services.
In 2004, she was one of ten leaders in the nation to receive the Community Health Leaders award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. That same year, she was honored in a special Statement for the Congressional Record by Congresswoman Susan Davis for her efforts and accomplishments at La Maestra. And in 2007, she received The Greenlining Institute Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of her vision and leadership in healthcare.
"The Soul Speaks" can be purchased now by donating $20.00 to La Maestra Foundation.
Please contact Lindy Webb for details.
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