Rosa Vega began volunteering at the Foundry Preschool in the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, watching the kids while their parents were in meetings. In late November 1992, Rev. Paul Vali called her looking for someone reliable to prepare and serve coffee at coffee hour. Rosa began as Foundry’s Hospitality Assistant that Sunday after Thanksgiving, and has been serving in that role ever since.
With her soul for service and smile that warms the room, Rosa is driven by the Foundry community. In her three decades here, she has made countless connections — and loves watching children grow up, get married, and start a families of their own. She considers Foundry to be an extended family, and especially loves both seeing the familiar faces on Sunday, and welcoming new ones to the community.
Rosa was born and raised in a very small town named Izalco in El Salvador. She left El Salvador and moved to the United States in February 1976. She studied at Colegio Santa Ines to become a teacher. After graduating, she taught primary education for six years.
When she’s not at Foundry, Rosa loves knitting — especially blankets and sweaters for babies. She also enjoys visiting museums here in D.C., with her favorites being the National Museum of the American Indian and the National Air and Space Museum.
Rosa has lived in our very own DuPont Circle neighborhood since 1981.