HARLINGEN — Beatrice Mesquias truly cares about people.
As the owner and CEO of local home care agency Bee First Home care, it is her job.
But, its also her passion and mission in life.
Believe it or not, Mesquias is retired. However, she still continues to work as the CEO and a missionary.
She has dedicated her remaining years to working to help others live their lives to the fullest.
“When I was going to retire I said I’ll start a home health care agency, so I could have a little spending money and continue with my mission work,” she said.
Originally from Robstown, Mesquias moved to the Harlingen area about 22 years ago. Within six months of moving, she was ready to start her own business.
“When I got here, I saw that the need to help people was really great,” she said. “I would visit the colonias and help out.”
She is active in missionary work with the Baptist Woman’s Missionary Union, an organization she first became associated with in her 20’s.
Years later she began serving as chairwoman for the Rio Grande Valley Baptist Association.
“It has been a lot of work but it has been very fun and rewarding,” she said.
Now, Mesquias home health care business consists of more than 1,200 employees in seven locations.
Mesquias, whose faith is as important to her as the people she serves, said she treats the business like a ministry in helping people.
“My faith has really helped me because I treat the patients as I would like to be treated,” she said. “I tell the employees, treat them like your mother, father, grandmother, or aunt.”
In addition to her home health care business, Mesquias is active in issues facing the border, mainly immigration.
In 2013, Mesquias was invited by representatives of the Hispanic Baptist Convention of Texas and the Baptist General Convention of Texas, partnering with the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference in support of the immigration reform bill.
I was able to meet with House Speaker John Boehner and voice my support for the bill, she said.
Mesquias also was given the honor of being nominated the first female president of the Hispanic Convention in its 103-year history.
Being a successful business woman and devoted missionary is a lot of work, but Mesquias said she will continue to help others as much as she can.
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