On her social media profiles, Jess Echeverry has defined herself in four simple words: Survivor. Advocate. Speaker. Author.
This month, the 47-year-old mother of five can also be called an award-winning public servant, the first recipient of the OneLife LA Service Award.
It will be presented by Archbishop José H. Gomez during the Saturday, Jan. 18 event in LA State Historic Park, in recognition of the work she has done over the last 20 years with the Westchester-based nonprofit organization SOFESA to help homeless and low-income families in Southern California.