Una Vida is a grassroots community organization serving people in Petaluma, California and La Descubierta, Dominican Republic.
To empower community-members with the resources they need to thrive while building community, fostering connection and inspiring a lifestyle of service.
We believe that everyone has a role to play in solving the issues facing our global and local communities.
Our vision is that Una Vida participants are affected and impacted by the lessons of poverty and community such that they carry them always and use them always to solve global challenges, to serve others, to create change.
We believe that serving our neighbors locally is just as important as meeting the needs of families overseas. Una Vida works tirelessly throughout the year to meet the needs of local Petaluma families, making sure that the most vulnerable among us don't fall through established community safety nets.
Una Vida also provides annual opportunities to embark on a life-changing journey in the Dominican Republic to experience community development in another cultural setting. These service-learning style trips are designed to meet the needs of Dominican & Haitian community-members while offering Una Vida participants a transformative experience of compassion, solidarity and community.
Una Vida founder Lynne Moquete served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the Dominican Republic from 1990-92. In ‘96, a health education teacher in Petaluma, California, Moquete set her dream into motion, leading her first group–15 high school students–to the DR. Una Vida, formerly Building Homes Building Hope, has since expanded to accommodate groups from all over the country. These trips introduce participants to the fruits of cross-cultural exchange and our individual role in our local and global communities. Moquete continues to lead trips personally, her greatest passion. Moquete has a Master’s Degree in Public Health and continues to teach in Petaluma. She has been recognized by Petaluma City Schools and the State of California for her exemplary work in the classroom and abroad.