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 SEF 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.
You can be part of this team too.
Sophia Elizabeth is the daughter of Jorge & Vanessa Urbina.
Jorge Urbina is the CEO and Founder of SEF.