As the founder and Executive Director of Olive in July Inc., my mission is to provide assistance and support for those in need. I have had the honor to work with some incredibly inspiring individuals, and I'm humbled by their strength and determination despite facing adversity. At Olive in July, we believe that everyone deserves a chance, no matter their circumstances. We are dedicated to making a positive impact in the lives of those we serve through various programs and initiatives.
I am Eulalia A. Feliz, the Founder & Executive Director of Olive in July Inc. Born on September
21, 1963, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, to the esteemed Journalist and former Politician Víctor M. Feliz Peguero and the professional fabric designer Miledis Tavarez de la Cruz.
Happily married to Professor Andres Flobil, I am the proud parent of four children and 13 grandchildren and one Great-granddaughter. At the age of 18, I immigrated to the United States, driven by a dream to support my family back in the Dominican Republic and contribute to my community.
In 1984, I pursued ESOL classes at Bronx Community College, eventually becoming an American Citizen in 1990. I then sponsored my mother's permanent Visa, followed by my siblings. Settling in Lawrence in 1992, I attended Northern Essex Community College in 1995, focusing on Office Technology, Traveling & Tourism. I received training in various states, including Washington D.C., Atlanta, Los Angeles, and Florida.
In 1996, I opened New York Fashion, a clothing store on Essex Street, Lawrence, MA. Since 2000, I've been providing income tax preparation services “Laly Tax Professional Inc.” to the Lawrence community. For 24 years, I've collaborated with organizations, and in 2009, I founded the non-profit Christmas in July, later renamed Olive in July, Inc. in 2011. Our mission is to connect disabled children and low-income families with community resources.
Over the past 14 years, with your support, we've assisted thousands through events like the Annual Anniversary, Back to School Giveaway, and Thanksgiving initiatives. We've expanded our services to include ESOL classes, Spanish classes, Citizenship classes, and we are also involved in the MassHealth eligibility process “Redetermination” and from 2015 to 2018, we offered complimentary Income Tax assistance through the IRS's VITA program.
Our objective is to create the Olive House as a robust support system for thousands of children, youth, and immigrants facing disabilities, along with low-income families. We strive to link them with vital resources customized to their specific needs, fostering integration into educational, competitive, and recreational spheres through systematic, pragmatic, and innovative programs.
This strategy is in harmony with the evolving demands of today's society and its emerging paradigm.