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Hero Lillian Rey will be Honored for Lifetime of Service to El Monte

By Valerie Martinez

El Monte

Longtime El Monte resident Lillian Rey, executive director of the El Monte/South El Monte Emergency Resources Association, will be honored at the 3rd Annual San Gabriel Valley Civic Alliance Sector Awards on Thursday, May 16 for her lifetime of service to the residents of the El Monte/South El Monte area.

Ms. Rey wears many hats at the agency, but will most often be found working directly with families in need.  This might mean loading groceries to deliver to families in financial crisis, visiting a local motel to arrange emergency shelter, or walking the streets to identify individuals who need places to stay safe and warm for the night.

Ms. Rey’s primary goal is to provide assistance in a way that will enable community members that the organization serves to maintain their dignity, regain their independence and return to the community in a productive fashion.

Her previous employment was with Hope House in El Monte where she cared for autistic children and mentally-challenged clients.  In the past, she has also been an active participant in the Meals on Wheels program, American Red Cross, El Monte Lions, El Monte Civitan, the Homeless and Veterans Affairs Committee and Volunteer Police Office V.C.A.P.

In addition to Ms. Rey, Former U. S. Congressman Esteban Torres, John Hsu with SCT Management, Sergio Rascon with Laborers Local 300, Bill Scoggins with Mt. San Antonio College, and Monrovia Mayor Mary Ann Lutz will be recognized for their years of community work and service.


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