Our Journey

A Legacy

For 31 years, I served in various senior leadership and Vice President roles at Missions Door - an organization that supports missionaries to evangelize, disciple and plant churches. I ultimately had the responsibility of overseeing the personnel and multi-faceted projects in 24 countries.

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A Dream

In 2004, I had the vision to launch an organization that would focus on leadership and community development. I decided to enroll at the University of Colorado at Denver to obtain a Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in nonprofit management. Upon my graduation, instead of starting a new nonprofit, I decided to launch it as a program within Missions Door.

A Call

In 2016, it was time to put my fears aside and take a leap of faith to solely focus and establish Global One80 as a new nonprofit organization.

My Global One80 journey began when I was 20 years old. I moved, against my parents’ wishes, from my affluent neighborhood to a poor slum of Santo Domingo to start a church that would transform the lives of the poor and marginalized.

An Impact

It was in this community where I met a young leader, Victor Arias, who at the age of 16 told me that he wanted to go to college. I was able to raise funds to send him to a good university and I invested my time through coaching, training, and helping him finance his education. After graduating, Victor worked as the Executive Director of Compassion International in the Dominican Republic and through that role he impacted the lives of 35,000 children. Victor now works for a disadvantaged youth focused nonprofit in Florida and has agreed to serve as member of the Board of Directors and as Vice President.

A Passion

This organization captures what my wife Oneida and I have done for over 37 years. My life journey has been shaped by people, experiences, failures, successes, stories, and the amazing opportunity to learn from many different cultures. I want to live a life that impacts the lives of others, so as I launch this new vision, it is my desire to continue my journey and transform global communities, one life at a time.

Joaquin A. Vargas

President / Founder

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