Allied Restoration October 2017

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FOR MY BROTHER AND A BETTER FUTURE What Giving Back Means to Me

“I needed to preserve Victor’s

It hasn’t even been a full decade since 2008, but in some ways, it feels like a lifetime ago. At the time, my brother, Victor, and I were struggling to get Allied Restoration off the ground. He was living off credit cards, and I was living off my savings.That year, though, we got our first taste of success. As the holiday season rolled around, we knew we wanted to find a way to give back to our community. We grew up with a humble background. Our hardworking, immigrant parents did everything they could to provide for us, but food stamps and government cheese were a part of our life. As our company started to grow, our mission to give back became clear. People fed us, we thought, and now it’s our time to feed them. We decided to provide turkeys to people in need. It started small — I think we gave away 12 turkeys during that first year — but it grew from there.The next year, we had the number up to 40.

Then, in 2010, the ground shifted beneath my feet again. My whole world was altered when Victor suddenly passed away. He was my little brother, but he was also my best friend. My family and I were processing this unexpected tragedy even as I took on more responsibility for the company. It was hectic: I had to deal with probate, my mom experienced a shingles outbreak, and Victor’s kids were at a loss. To say it was difficult would be an understatement, and for a long time, I didn’t know how to cope. One day, I was sitting in my office trying to make sense of it all. As I watched cars pass by on the highway, I thought to myself that no matter what happens in your life, the world moves on and the cars keep driving down the road. I was struck by the fear that my brother, an amazing man, would be forgotten. I decided I couldn’t let that happen. I needed to preserve Victor’s legacy, so I created the Passionate Life Foundation in his name. In our first few months as a foundation, we raised $12,000. From there, we’ve only become more active in the community. And every year, we still hand out turkeys to widows and needy families. Since 2008, we’ve helped over 2,000 families enjoy a Thanksgiving meal.

With the holiday season approaching, I hope you’ll have some time to think about gratitude and the importance of giving back. If you want to call the office and donate to the Passionate Life Foundation, that’s great, but it’s far from the only way to make a difference. No matter the cause that matters in your life, think about contributing to it. And it doesn’t even have to be an institution. If you’re walking down the street and see someone in need, offer to buy them a meal. Making a difference in just one life can mean the world to someone, and having an attitude of giving builds a better world. I know there have been times when I’ve felt a tug to give to somebody or to some organization, and I’ve ignored it. Every single time, ignoring that feeling hurts. Whenever you feel that tug, don’t let it pass. I’m incredibly fortunate to be where I am today, and because of that, I feel a responsibility to help those in need.That, to me, is what gratitude is all about. – O.P. Almaraz legacy, so I created the Passionate Life Foundation in his name.”

None of us are guaranteed tomorrow. That may be a well-established truism, but I never really thought about it until Victor passed.These days, I try to always give more of myself than I ever expect to receive. I know that’s how Victor lived his life, and he’s still an inspiration to me.

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