Meet a Mom : Meet Eva Vela Founder of Twelve Basketfuls Outreach, Inc. | West University Moms

Where are you from originally and how long have you lived in Houston?

I’m a born and raised Houstonian.

Child(ren) and Age(s)? 

I have 3 children. My oldest girl is 19, my second boy is 18, and my baby boy is 14.

One thing people would be surprised to know about you…

One thing that people would be surprised to know about me is that as I stated above, I have a 19-year-old. I was 16 going on 17 when I had my first child.

Favorite local activities to do in Houston? 

I love being outdoors, I don’t get to be outside much because I’m always busy, but if I could be at the park or going out for walks every day, I would do so. It brings me to a place of stillness.

Funniest shortcut/routine for helping you through parenthood?

I don’t really have any funny shortcuts, or maybe since my kids are older now, I forgot lol. I will say, don’t be a helicopter parent, things will be ok and fall into place.

Are you involved in a business venture, a local organization, a creative endeavor, or in the corporate world? Please share! 

At the beginning of this year, I founded a nonprofit organization Twelve Basketfuls Outreach, that assists people in need. At the moment we are fundraising for a mission trip to a small village in Corozal, Belize next month. We will be assisting with food for struggling families as well as providing the youth with soccer equipment and uniforms. Many people are struggling and I hope that we could really help someone and possibly change their life. To help us help the families in Belize please click here to donate.

How has the Houston community been instrumental in getting you to where you are now?

I’ve been attending networking events and the community has helped me by providing resources and information and also helping with brainstorming ideas. The Houston community has been genuinely very helpful!

What is the best advice for juggling mommyhood and running a business (or volunteering, working, etc)?

Running a business, working full-time, or being a mom is a challenging task for anyone! My advice for juggling a busy life is to take care of yourself first. We’re not robots and we can’t do everything, even though we try. We need to remember that our health/mental health is a priority, we can’t take care of others if we’re not good ourselves.

What would you tell the old “You” before you had kids? 

To be honest, as I grew up with my kids, because I was a kid myself, I used to tell myself,

“I should have finished school first.” I used to tell myself, “I should’ve had a career first.” Now that I look back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Yes, it was hard, it was very hard, but life is hard. There would’ve been different struggles so I’m fine with the struggles I overcame, they made me who I am now.

ill say, don’t be a helicopter parent, things will be ok and fall into place.

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