Year Joined MKLM: 2017
Project(s): LULU Project
Project Goal(s): The LULU Project serves at-risk teenage mothers, teaching them life skills and ways to earn an income. Gabrielle shares the program’s goal of helping these women discover their talents, plan their futures, and start small businesses.
Volunteering in Uganda spurred Gabrielle’s love for East Africa and its people. Gabrielle came to MKLM in 2017 having grown up with the Maryknoll magazine in her home. She is very excited to work in Tanzania where she will brush up on her Swahili, and hopes to take on a teaching role, similar to her work in Uganda.
Gabrielle is a parishioner at St. Joseph Parish in the Los Angeles Archdiocese. She has an AA degree in Communication Studies from Long Beach City College in Long Beach, CA. She grew up in the Youth Ministry of her church, and her mother, Olga, is the business manager for the parish. Her father, Deacon Shane Cuda, is the Director of Deacons in Ministry for the Los Angeles Diocese.
Gabrielle has been a restaurant manager, salon receptionist, and barista. She has volunteered in a homeless shelter and a convalescent home, and has tutored and mentored children from low-income families.
In June of 2016, Gabrielle spent two weeks working in Uganda, as part of the Reignite Uganda program.
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