Born and raised in St. Helena, Anai Ortiz knew there was no place like home.
Anai returned to St. Helena to be close to her family
She graduated from Sonoma State in 2010, lived in Atlanta short-term and did her fair share of traveling, but she came back in 2015 to be closer to the family and community she had missed so much.
Job promotion made her eligible for home ownership at Brenkle Court
Ortiz began a part-time job working at Stonebridge Apartments for the nonprofit EAH Housing and taught Spanish grades K-8 part-time at the St. Helena Catholic School, where she also coached girls’ soccer. When the school closed in 2018, Anai got promoted to Lead Resource Coordinator at EAH, supervising the counties of Sonoma, Napa and Marin.
Through promoting all the different services EAH offers, Ortiz learned about a housing opportunity at Our Town St. Helena’s Brenkle Court project. With her boss’s encouragement, she applied. Read more