Hispanics/Latino Americans

Honoree:  Tomasa Guerra Salas

Honoree Category:  Hispanics/Latino Americans

Tomasa Guerra Salas
Bio – Tomasa Guerra Salas

Tomasa Salas had a big heart. Prioritizing service to others, she triumphed as a lifelong volunteer generously donating her time and resources.

Being Latino in Siouxland was difficult in the 1960s. However, Salas didn’t let race or stereotype prevent her from earning a degree or making inroads for fellow Latinos/Hispanics. Knowing the barriers firsthand, she served as interpreter any hour of the day. A midnight call about an impending birth was no obstacle. Salas drove the mother to the hospital, ensured admission and held the woman’s hand. For every need, she procured appropriate services.

Salas recognized critical needs for healthier lifestyles and fellowship in the Latino/Hispanic community. She co-founded a place for elderly to gather, eat and feel welcome, often covering transportation or food costs. Conscious of the devastation chronic diseases exacted on her community, Salas established education and exercise programs to effect change.

Salas always had time, resources and patience for others. A big heart. Yes, a big heart!

Additional Honorees for Hispanics/Latino Americans: Margarita Guerra, Tony Gomez, Efren Bata, Luis Daria De La Madrid, Norma De La O