My name is Tina Galvez, I am the Director of Facilities at the Las Vegas Campus. I am 51 years old, born and raised in Chicago until I was 10 years old. My family then moved to Green Bay, WI were I spent the rest of my childhood. I fell victim to sexual abuse at the age of 7. This was the event that Satan used to instill fear guilt shame and regrets into my life.I started drinking alcohol when I was only eight years old.
I was an alcoholic by the time I was thirteen and I was already experiencing blackouts. When I was 20 years old I had the offer to move to Las Vegas. I thought I’d be able to start a fresh new life and leave my past behind. Little did I know I couldn’t run from my problems? I was introduced to methamphetamine, and for many years I was drinking every day and doing meth on occasion. Within one year I had gotten two DUI’s and I quit drinking. My meth use became an everyday habit.
During this time I had two children but the relationship was very toxic and dysfunctional with their father. I endured emotional and physical abuse for many years. After I found the courage to leave, my addiction got worse. I felt like a failure and had very little self-esteem. My addiction took precedent over my life. I became detached from my kids and my family. Only to find my escape from what my life had become in the evil powers of addiction. I was convicted of a felony in 2000, and was sent to federal prison.
At this time I was court ordered to counseling and for the first time in 30 years I admitted to the sexual abuse as a child. However, there was no spiritual healing, I had this open wound of guilt, shame, regret and fear to say the least. My addiction spiraled out of control I lost both of my parents and was facing another prison term. I had come to the end of myself and knew I could no longer live life the only way I knew how. While in jail I was given the pamphlet to the Hoving Home.
This program was very painful for me, in the sense of allowing God to transform my life. But I would do it 50 more times to be where I am today. God has mended my heart and has given me peace joy and love. My relationships with my family, my kids and grandkids have been restored and I’m now very active in their lives. God has given me a new purpose in life. I now serve as the Director of Facilities in the Las Vegas campus. I am truly thankful and honored to be a part of this life changing ministry, and allowing God to use me as his vessel to help build His Kingdom.
Get to Know Tina
What is your favorite scripture?
Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9
What book is on your nightstand?
Bible and Lead Like Jesus
What is one of your favorite memories at WHH?
One of my favorite memories was the day I completed. It was the beginning of the rest of my new life.
What is your favorite food?
My homemade chicken enchiladas.
What makes you laugh?
So many things bring laughter into my heart, my children, my grandkids, and just being able to be goofy.