Mama and her boys need us!
Mama and her boys need us!
In the spring of 2017, a young family from Guatemala came to the U.S. to seek asylum and settled in this area. A grassroots group of local community members gathered to support the family, and in the spring of 2018 started this ongoing fund raiser to help with living expenses.
The family has made progress toward independence during their time here. Mom has her driver’s license, a social security number, a work permit, and a part time job in SLO.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2020:
The family has faced many challenges this year. The housing situation was unstable at the beginning of the year, and they had to move numerous times. However, since spring, they have been living in an apartment in South SLO County that they like very much and feel deeply grateful for.
Mom received her renewed work permit in March. However, she has been struggling with her health, and was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases last spring. At that time, she took a leave from her job at Apple due to her health challenges. In October, she began working again, this time from home due to the coronavirus. She is providing assistance to customers by phone. Her hours were recently reduced to 20 hours a week, which causes her concern.
The boys are 3 and 8 years old. The younger boy loves to sing the ABC song! His interests right now are firefighters, trains and dinosaurs. The older boy enjoys drawing, painting, music and learning poems. He had an oral surgery back in April from which he recovered well. In a few months they will know if more interventions are needed.
UPDATE APRIL 2021:
The family continues to face challenges this year. Mom's father was hospitalized in L.A. for emergency medical treatment for several serious health conditions in late February. After 7 weeks, he was about to be discharged to a rehabilition center when he was diagnosed with Covid. Mom has been on the phone daily advocating with the doctors and nurses who are caring for him, as well as being with him by phone as much as possible. Navigating our health care system is proving to be challenging and stressful.
Regarding their asylum status, this family has had an asylum case open with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) since summer 2017. After almost 4 years, they continue to wait to be called for their day in court. We are hopeful that under this new administration, there will be some positive changes that will help this family to move forward with their case.
Please consider helping to support this family by donating money for living expenses. For those who are able, we suggest making a recurring donation. If you know someone who may want to join this effort, please feel free to share! Thank you for your kindness and for your generosity!
Please note: We do not have non-profit status, so donations are not tax deductible.