La Buena Vida Programs Travels to the Capital

La Buena Vida Family Road Trip

All seven of La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation’s residents, who live in the LBV Living transitional housing program, went on a “La Buena Vida Family Road Trip” to Austin, TX, where they had a private, behind the scenes tour of the Texas State Capitol with State Representative, Rodney Anderson. The group was also able to receive special permission from the Speaker of the House to climb to very top of the dome, to the “crow’s nest”, located just below Lady Liberty’s feet. After a long day of stair climbing, they were able to relax over dinner at Juliet Italian Café, where they were joined by special guest, Chris Wallace, President of the Texas Association of Business. The next morning, it was on to exploring the wonders of Mother Nature at the Natural Bridge Caverns in San Marcos before traveling back home.

LBV board member Trevor Putman and his wife Sammi joined Executive Director, Joy Goodrum, for all the fun. Trevor drove the passenger van with as much expertise as he drives his ambulance or fire truck in Dallas. Sammi, who is preparing for the birth of their first child, had plenty of opportunities to practice her maternal instincts with the guys and they all took to both of them quickly.

The residents of the LBV transitional housing program are young men who are students in Irving who have been living in highly at-risk home situations or homeless while trying to complete their education in our Irving schools and wanting to pursue a better life.

Special thanks goes to Eric Norrington of ACE Cash Express for buying the handsome suits they are all wearing, to ACE Cash Express for sponsoring the trip and to Tony Pedroza of Genesis USA Services for sponsoring the day at Natural Bridge Caverns for the group. Also, much appreciation to State Representative Rodney Anderson and his team for blocking out their entire day on Friday to personally serve as behind the scenes tour guides of the Capitol for our group.

For more information on La Buena Vida Youth Leadership Foundation and their mentoring, leadership and housing programs for Irving teens, please visit

Article originally published on Rambler Newspapers.