Familiar face chosen to lead WIC
Eureste had been serving as WIC’s interim manager since Gillian MacKenzie’s retirement in January.
Women, Infants and Children is a City-administered nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Along with its main offices in the Community Development Building, 52 W. College Ave., WIC has three satellite locations: at Goodfellow Air Force Base, and in Ballinger and Coleman.
“I believe in WIC’s mission because I’ve seen the difference it makes in the lives of mothers and their children,” Eureste said. “San Angelo has one of the best WIC programs in Texas. That’s a testament to the dedication of our staff. I feel fortunate to get to help them help our clients.”
Eureste previously worked six years as a certification specialist, completing nutrition assessments, health histories and blood work, and teaching group classes. Prior to that, she was a social service assistant for 13 years, interviewing and screening clients for program eligibility, and issuing benefits.
Eureste began her career in WIC in 1996 as a breastfeeding peer counselor, teaching new mothers the importance of breastfeeding, sometimes during home and hospital visits.
“Cristina is obviously committed to WIC,” said Morgan Chegwidden, assistant director of the City’s Neighborhood and Family Services Department. “She understands the breadth and the depth of the services WIC provides – because she has worked in most of them. Her passion and experience will serve her well in leading WIC’s staff to continue to help mothers and their babies.”
Neighborhood & Family Services
The Neighborhood & Family Services Department was created to consolidate city neighborhood and family support functions and services, most notably neighborhood revitalization, neighborhood code compliance and health and education services for women, infants and children). During a reorganization in the fall of 2014, the animal control function was added because of the similarity in ensuring code compliance, public health and a quality of life standard in neighborhoods. The department is comprised of four divisions.
The Animal Services Division operates the animal shelter, investigates animal bites and allegations of animal cruelty, picks ups stray and dead animals and accepts owned animals.
Community & Housing Support
The Community & Housing Support Division secures Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME grant funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support the development of viable urban communities by expanding the supply of decent, safe, sanitary and affordable housing for low- to moderate-income people.
The Code Compliance Division is responsible for proactively enforcing City ordinances regarding the health and safety of San Angelo's citizens. Code officers work with citizens on a daily basis to resolve code violations that impact the quality of life in San Angelo.
WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that helps pregnant women, new mothers, infants and young children eat well, learn about nutrition and stay healthy. Help with breastfeeding and accessing health care and other needs are also provided to those who qualify. We serve San Angelo-Tom Green County and all six surrounding counties. We also support foster parents or grandparents, single moms or dads, military personnel, and everyone in between.