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Zenaida Ochoa

Director of Facilities
California Leadership

“I was born and raised in a small town just north of Santa Barbara, CA. My mother was a single mom and I had one younger brother. Growing up, I often felt rejected and unloved as my dad walked out of my life when I was just an infant. My uncle began molesting me at the age of five and my desire to be noticed by someone and anyone kept me quite for the next ten years. Meanwhile, my life became wracked by the things I was doing to aestheticize my life. I was overeating, doing drugs, running away from home and living a promiscuous lifestyle. I eventually began committing crimes to support my habit and got involved with all the wrong people.

Towards the end of my addiction, I went on a crime spree with a cousin who would later set me up to take the fall for numerous burglaries we had committed together. I was sentenced to do six years in state prison and I realized there was nowhere to run from the mess of my life and the pain of feeling orphaned.

I reached out to the Hoving Home in October of 2015 and they took me in with no money and no hope and they introduced me to Jesus. I was surrounded by people who believed in me and seen something in me that I did not see in myself. Today, I am used as a testimony of God’s great grace and mercy on even the worse of sinners. I am living proof that the love of Christ is enough and that Jesus saves. I am honored to serve as the Director of Facilities at the Hoving Home in Pasadena and looking forward to my future with expectation and excitement.”

My favorite scripture is:

Romans 8:28

What book is on my nightstand?

School of the Prophets- Kris Vallotton, The Right to Lead-John C Maxwell and My Utmost for His Highest- Oswald Chambers.

My favorite memory at the Hoving Home:

I really enjoyed the development day we had when our Las Vegas center. It is such a blessing to be part of such a huge FAMILY…

What is my favorite food? 

I love Italian food!!

What makes me laugh?

I love silly, practical jokes and pranks. Really, it doesn’t take much to make me laugh. I laugh at everything- it’s good for the soul!