Commissioner Olga Gonzalez

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Commissioner-Elect Olga Gonzalez

Commissioner Olga Gonzalez

Seat #1
Term: 11/16-11/20

ogonzalez@kissimmee.org

 

Commissioner Gonzalez was sworn in on November 22, 2016.

 

Olga Gonzalez was born in Harlem, New York City.  Olga was blessed with a career working for General Motors in the Employee Assistance Program (EAP Rep) located in the city of Tarrytown.  She collaborated with the United Auto Workers Union, Local 664, and helped employees navigate through the myriad of social and financial hardships that could hinder their on the job performance.  After she retired from General Motors, Olga and her family moved to Osceola County where she started a non-profit organization called Church and Community Assistance Program, Inc.

The non-profit organization started out by donating individual bags of food, which later turned into boxes with a food supply to last up to 2 weeks for a family of four.  As the non-profit grew, Olga partnered with the State Department of Children and Families (DCF) to assist with food stamp and Medicaid applications.  Shortly thereafter, the Church and Community Assistance Program became a subcontractor with one of the highest counts of applications filed.

The organization eventually evolved into a one-stop shop for people needing help.  Rather than creating a new service to help people and compete with other agencies, Olga’s vision was to be an efficient resource that connected DCF with the Department of Health to help young mothers who had just given birth, assist seniors with diabetes and other health related issues, to working with Job Partnership - an organization that helps young men and women coming out of jail enter the workforce.

Olga is a consummate volunteer who has helped other organizations such as Mustard Seed and Workforce Central Florida.  She sat on the Board of Directors for the Center for Drug Free Living and worked with the City of Orlando’s Blue Print Project.  In 2008, Governor Charlie Crist awarded Olga with the Point of Light Award for her body of work with the community. The Osceola County Board of Commissioners lead by Chairman John Quinones, subsequently recognized her efforts as well.

Currently,  Olga is a member of the Advisory Board for the Homeless for Osceola County, President of the Morgan Point Homeowner’s Association, and a Director for the Master HOA of Lakeside Estates.  She has been happily married for over 35 years, is the mother of 4 children, 13 grandchildren, and 2 great grandchildren.