When it comes to making a life-changing decision about where to live, nothing speaks more powerfully than the firsthand experiences of individuals who have already taken that leap. Meet Catalina Ramirez and Alex Varela, a couple whose journey led them to Shreveport-Bossier in 2009, and whose insights offer a compelling perspective on why Hispanics should consider this vibrant region as their new home.

A Welcoming Community:

Catalina Ramirez vividly recalls her initial impression of Shreveport-Bossier. “The community here has been exceptionally welcoming to the Latino community,” she says with a warm smile. “It’s a place where you feel like you belong from the moment you arrive.”

Catalina appreciates the efforts of organizations like “318 Latino” for helping her stay informed about the community. She also expresses gratitude towards local institutions like The State Fair of Louisiana for hosting Latino-themed days and The Prize Foundation for events like Taco Wars, where she was even invited to be a Latino model at the Fashion Prize. “I love all the opportunities that are opening up for Latinos in this region,” Catalina says, emphasizing how Shreveport-Bossier has embraced diversity and cultural enrichment.

A Balance of Urban and Rural Life:

Alex Varela, born and raised in Shreveport, adds another dimension to their story. He describes Shreveport-Bossier as the perfect combination of city life and rural living. “You can cross the entire city in less than 20 minutes and be out in the country again,” Alex notes with enthusiasm.

Alex’s passion for his hometown shines through when he speaks about job opportunities. “There are plenty of jobs out there; if you want to work, you just have to get up and go get it,” he advises. His words reflect the dynamic and growing job market in the area, one that has attracted not only locals but also newcomers like Catalina and himself.

Family-Friendly Lifestyle:

As parents, Catalina and Alex value the family-friendly atmosphere that Shreveport-Bossier offers. “Our favorite thing to do as a family is to go out and eat and support our local restaurants,” Alex shares. “We always like to go out and try new places.”

Catalina adds, “My favorite part is being able to take my kids to events and places like Sci-port or the Shreveport Aquarium. They love looking at the jellyfish and checking out the sharks.” This vibrant city is not only an excellent place for career growth but also a nurturing environment for raising a family.

The Allure of Shreveport-Bossier:

Listening to Alex and Catalina’s experiences, it becomes evident that Shreveport-Bossier is more than just a place to live – it’s a place to thrive. Their story underscores the welcoming nature of the community, the diversity of opportunities, and the unique blend of urban and rural living that defines this region.

Shreveport-Bossier offers abundant job opportunities across various industries, an affordable cost of living, a diverse and friendly community, quality education, and a rich cultural tapestry. Whether you’re considering a move for professional growth, a better quality of life, or to provide your family with opportunities, Shreveport-Bossier checks all the boxes.

In conclusion, the experiences of Catalina and Alex highlight the immense potential and charm of Shreveport-Bossier for Hispanics seeking to embark on a new chapter in their lives. This region is not only a land of opportunities but also a place where you can find a sense of belonging and build a brighter future for yourself and your loved ones. Come and join the welcoming community that Alex, Catalina, and many others have found in Shreveport-Bossier, and let this dynamic region be your gateway to success and happiness.

Varela Ramirez Family

For more information on Shreveport-Bossier, visit www.visitshreveportbossier.org. For more information on events happening during Hispanic Heritage month visit our partners at 318 Latino.