Community First Delights Erica’s House With Gift of Christmas Trees


Guam – Community First donated two decorated Christmas trees to Erica’s House, a local non-profit organization that offers support services for parents and children in need of visitation and exchange services.

“We felt this year that Erica’s House fulfills a unique role in the community by offering children and parents a place to come to when their family life isn’t really working out as they hoped,” said Gerard Cruz, President & CEO of Community First. “So, in looking at the organization and looking at the facility we thought that we might be able to liven it up with a few Christmas trees. It was the least we could do and we were happy to be able to do so.”

Since 2000, Erica’s House has opened its doors to the people of Guam in need such services and since have served over 700 families.

[L. – R.: Chona Ituralde , Administrative Clerk,; Michael Finona , SVP/ Chief Operations Officer; Donna Aguon, Mortgage Loan Underwriter and Gerard A. Cruz , President & CEO. Representatives from Erica’s House from left to right, Diana Nucum , Director: Karen Carpenter, Board Secretary,: Michele Barcinas, Staff and Jholyn Parducho, Staff.]

“Erica’s House is a joint project of Soroptimist International Guam and Soroptimist International of the Marianas, named after Erica Crisostomo Aquino,” said Diana Nucum, Director of Erica’s House. “Here we offer exchange services, and visitation and supervised visitation services for non-custodial parents to be able to pick up their children or visit their children if they’re not able to outside.”

The decorated Christmas trees add a nice holiday touch to the homey atmosphere at Erica’s House. “Having the trees here, you can really feel the Holiday spirit and that’s cheer and happiness, and we see that with the parents and children who come in and see the trees. It just feels good that we’re able to share that feeling with them through the donation from Community First, and we thank them for choosing us, added Nucum.”