Single Mama and Her Boys Need Us
It has now been almost 4 years ago that 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.
This 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. She has had an asylum case open with USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) since summer 2017.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2020:
The family faced many challenges in 2020. The housing situation was unstable at the beginning of the 2020 year, and they had to move numerous times. However, since spring of 2020, 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 of 2020. However, she has been struggling with her health, and was diagnosed with several autoimmune diseases around the same time. At that time, she took a leave from her job due to her health challenges. In October of 2020, she began working again, this time from home due to the coronavirus. She is providing assistance to customers by phone.
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 in April of 2020 from which he recovered well.
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 rehabilitaion 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 case, this family continues 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 would like to set up a recurring donation: simply check the box under the donation amount that says "Make My Donation Monthly Recurring", and select the number of months you would like for it to recur. You can cancel, extend, change the amount of a recurring donation or method of payment at any time by contacting Allies for Immigration Justice, SLO County at: email@example.com
We are deeply grateful for your generosity.
Please note: We do not have non-profit status, so donations are not tax deductible.
If you are choosing to make a recurring donation, please be sure to choose the number of months you would like for it to recur. If you choose "unlimited", the donations will continue until you contact us to stop them, which you can do at any time.
This page is secured with 256 bit encryption