Stelly honored for work with La Familia Resource Center

By By Lance Traweek / American Press

Sylvia Chaves Stelly was recognized as the 2012 Person of the Year by The Jambalaya News at a banquet Thursday night.

Stelly is the executive director of La Familia Resource Center, which is a non-profit that was developed to meet the needs

of the Latino and other multi-cultural families in Lake Charles.

“I am deeply honored and humbled to

receive this award. This is a very prestigious award to me, because it

is not solely about

me, but about the work I am called to do in Lake Charles and

surrounding communities,” Stelly said. “I sincerely have a passion

to serve and help people from different cultures and


She said La Familia’s mission is to help build a community by crossing cultural bridges.

“Helping people has always been my passion and my love,” Stelly said.

Dr. Debbie Thomas, founder of Family Life Counseling Services, was the keynote speaker. She talked about the importance of

making the “perfect impact” through the “work in you.”

“When we locate a person that carries

within them the revelation of their assignment in life, you’ve met a

person that personifies

God’s plan,” Thomas said. “We were born to make a difference and

to leave a mark in the earth that cannot be erased.”

She said “such is the case” for Stelly.

“The work inside of her is to help others and to alleviate the misfortune in the lives of others,” Thomas said. “Her courageous

efforts bring a balance to the injustice that many people in our community face.”

The award, in its first year, was voted on by Jambalaya News readers.