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Conversations with the Inspiring Arelis Gomes

Today we’d like to introduce you to Arelis Gomes.

Arelis, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born on February 21, 1981. My parents, Teodoro and Rosaura Martinez are immigrants of the Dominican Republic. They are both American Citizens who have lived in the country for 40 plus years. They both worked multiple jobs to raise their two biological daughters and adopted son. I am the oldest daughter, and my little sister Sarai is the youngest. We both attended the Newton Public School system byways of the METCO program. We were born and raised in Dorchester, but the METCO program allowed inner-city kids like our selves attend a suburban school to help with cultural diversity, so residents/students can be more cognizant of what our world really looks like outside their town.

I graduated from Newton North High School and then attended Curry College and received a Bachelor of Science.

During my time at Curry College, I lost my adopted brother German Martinez on 11/12/2001 on Flight 587. This was a dark and tragic time for me. However, with the grace of God and lots of therapy, I was able to coop and heal from this traumatic event.

My career took off in 2015 when I was offered a position as a Sales Rep for Senior Whole Health (SWH). At SWH, I was able to excel in the Medicare/Special Needs Plan (SNP) Sales industry and foster many relationships. I became a top sales rep for SWH and was instrumental in helping the company become a Fortune 500 company.

In February 2009, I was in a pedestrian/motor vehicle accident. The driver fell as sleep at the wheel and left me temporarily disabled. I was out of work for about 1 year and a half. I decided to go back to school once I was able to pursue a master’s degree in health management at Cambridge College.

I was recruited and employed at the top leading health plans – Tufts and Fallon Health of Massachusetts where I served as a Manager and was able to maximize their growth and development of their Medicare/SNP programs.

After many years of making these Health Plans very successful. I decided to start an Adult Foster Care business called “WeCare 365”. I started this venture with my 2 partners – Gabriella Spinola, and Amy Khalil and then soon after, Dr. Kayed Khalil also joined the business venture.

WeCare 365 – Adult Foster Care was licensed as an Adult Foster Care agency on 10/9/2015. The program is a MassHealth (Medicaid) program. WeCare 365 helps families by giving their qualified Caregiver a tax-exempt/non-reportable stipend for the daily care they are providing in their home. The program provides the Caregiver with financial relief since many quit their full-time jobs to care for their loved ones. Many are already doing this and not getting paid. This is a hidden treasure and we are helping our community get financial support and resources. We have a team of highly qualified RN’s and Care Managers who provide oversight and make sure the Caregivers are providing the care, following the State regulations and offering them additional resources.

We currently have about 185 members and that number is growing every day. We are licensed to serve the entire state of Massachusetts. Please contact us if you want more information at 508-584-2131 or 508-628-0111 or visit our website: www.wecare365afc.com. We have a very diverse team that speak: Spanish, Portuguese, Cape Verdean, Vietnamese, Arabic, and Igbo. And we have interpreter services available to assist if necessary.

My journey continues. My passion for Advocacy, Human Rights, and Women Empowerment is what keeps me prepared and ready for the next move and/or business opportunity. My overall goal is to help my community grow and prosper.

Thank you for the opportunity to share my story.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Dear young women today, please continue to work hard and never give up on your dreams. Anything is possible. Surround yourself with positive people who are willing to help you achieve your goals. I was able to do the impossible, most thought starting a business was a huge risk and that I already have achieved so much by becoming a Manager in Corporate America and that my next move was to become a Director and or VP.

That was not my dream, I wanted more for myself and my community. I thank God, guiding me and giving me the tools and resources to help my dream a reality. It was hard, I found myself hitting rock bottom with only a few dollars in my account and not knowing how I was going to pay my bills.

My husband and family provided me with support and believed in our vision. The company was able to launch and is extremely successful. My partners and I were vested and extremely dedicated. Our key to our success was that we did not allow our failures or roadblocks to stop us. We would ask everyone for help when we were stuck. Some people would lead us in the wrong direction but eventually, God would align us with the right person to help us get right on track.

What should we know about WeCare 365? What do you do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
WeCare 365 Adult Foster Care provides individuals caring for their loved ones in a home setting the ability to get financial support. Our highly professional team of Care Manager and RN’s provide oversight and resources to assist them with their daily care.

We have a diverse staff. We go above and beyond the call of duty to assist our Members and Caregivers. We are passionate about what we do, it is in our tagline: We say, We do, We care.

We always want the best for our Members and Caregivers. In addition, we also acknowledge our caregivers for their hard work and dedication to serve their loved ones and provide them with the best care.

Do you have a lesson or advice you’d like to share with young women just starting out?
Never give up. Chase your dreams. The world is waiting for you to make your mark. You must live your purpose and in order to reach self-fulfillment.

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