Someone to Know: Josie Garcia

Josie Garcia has worked for the South Texas Lighthouse for the Blind since 1993. She's visually impaired, but was named the employee of the year in 2013.

It came to no surprise to her coworkers, who say Garcia is nothing short of an inspiration to all of them.

"She's just an awesome person. She's just full of heart. She's warm, loving," coworker Diana Garza said. "Every morning I come in, I have to get my morning hug from her. She's like everybody's mom around here."

No one seems more affected than Garcia herself, who initially believed she was going to have to be dependent on others for the rest of her life.

"When I first came here, I found it amazing," Garcia said. "Amazing that everyone did what they were doing. I found myself doing things I didn't expect I could do."

Garcia has helped assemble everything from candles to chin straps. These days she is working on making binders for the government.

"I was able to see for 33 years, so I imagined," Garcia said. "I imagine with the feelings, I know where I'm headed. I know what I'm doing because of the fact that I was able to see once."

When asked if she sees herself as an inspiration, the Corpus Christi native realizes she has come a long way.

"My family is very proud of me, that I'm not sitting in a corner doing nothing," Garcia said. "I do cooking, I do sewing, I do just about everything at home."

Garcia, a widow since 2010 and mother of three adult children, has a message for those with an impairment.

"They should go out and try and see what they can do," Garcia said. "Even at home, some people think by being blind they can't do anything. If you try, little by little you can do anything."

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