For years her parents saved up money for the big move. During this time Hoa was introduced to the church and would spend her time helping with readings, choir practice and preparation for mass. Although this season of her life required patience, she found peace and hope through her time spent with other believers and discovered her passion for ministry.
Moving to the United States was a complete culture shock for Hoa and her family. Their relatives, Van and Kim Nguyen did everything they could to ease the transition by providing them with a place to live. Six months later, Hoa’s family moved into their own apartment and everyone pitched in to provide for the family.
Hoa and her siblings worked long days, followed by long nights and numerous ESL classes. As a student, Hoa was determined to be able to read and write in English, but worried about her pronunciation and how it might affect her everyday communication skills. She took matters into her own hands and applied for a job at a local grocery store for more exposure to the English language.
For the next ten years, Hoa searched for her purpose in this new country she called home. She landed a new job, bought a house and got married. Her impressive work ethic plus the various positions she held throughout the years allowed her to earn a Manager position at a Restaurant that moved her to Oklahoma and away from family.
One night Hoa received a call from Mrs. Kim, who begged her to come back to Van’s Kitchen. With the passing of her parents and her marriage ending, Hoa agreed and moved back to Texas. Upon her return to Van’s Kitchen, Hoa worked in the Quality Department and eventually assisted with Production when Mrs. Kim retired. Hoa’s training and efforts to improve the company allowed Vans Kitchen to become SQF Level 3 certified, which is still in effect today.
Twenty years later and Hoa still remains a huge part of the Van’s Kitchen team and founding story. She is currently involved in the management team and is a voice for all Roll Models everywhere, in her position as the Roll Model Ambassador. Hoa truly believes that God called her to Van’s Kitchen and uses it as a ministry opportunity to encourage others towards fulfilling their dreams.