Sophia Elizabeth is the daughter of CEO and founder of S.E.F., Jorge Urbina and his wife Vanessa.
Jorge & Vanessa Urbina married in December 12, 2009. Jorge has worked for a Transitional Housing Center for women and Children in Sylmar, CA. During this time, Jorge & Vanessa were going through their own private struggles, unable to have children of their own. After several miscarriages, all of them happening during different stages, it finally happened, a beautiful baby girl came to them. On August 14, 2013, Little Ms. Sophia Elizabeth was born.
Working in the center with women and children, Jorge saw a lot of need, children in need, mother struggling to provide for their children.
“I wanted to find a way to Thank God for blessing my wife and me with our Sophia but I didn’t know what or how, until one day I saw the children at the center get off the school bus without a backpack. I knew they had backpacks, because they had just received some new ones. Then it dawned on me, they were ashamed. They would rather not carry a backpack than carry one that everyone in that bus had. Same color, same model, same bus. That’s when I realized what I had to do. 'Backpacks filled with school supplies'- but not just any backpack. A backpack they will be proud of, a backpack that they wanted. That’s where the idea of starting an organization came about, that’s when I knew what I had to do. I was going to bless families that have children but are struggling to provide for them. I was going to share my blessing with families in need, and my blessing is Sophia Elizabeth”- Jorge U.
That’s how S.E.F. was born on December 9, 2015. The Sophia Elizabeth Foundation has grown to become a community outreach organization, which is profoundly involved in our community, The Antelope Valley. Now, it’s not just the Urbina’s. There’s an entire team making a difference in the lives of the men, women, and children in our community who need it most.