Ana and her sons came to the U.S. seeking asylum. They fled cartel violence in their hometown where the children, ages 5-9, witnessed the execution of their stepfather and saw their mom threatened at gunpoint.
They had extended family in the U.S. but COVID-19 and the related job losses left their family unable to help.
Thanks to you, Ana and her boys received the daily necessities critical for their survival through this crisis. You gave them the support they needed to start a life here free of violence.
Currently working with an immigration attorney, Ana has secured the children’s Social Security cards but not yet her own. She can’t work while she waits, so the family was struggling. Ana feared that if she couldn’t provide for her children, she would be deported and her children placed in foster care here.
Thankfully, your support provided food and other basic supplies to ensure the family’s stability through this crisis. And the boys received much-needed therapy and support to begin healing from the violence they experienced. The family also received new and used beds, couches, a microwave, and an electric stove. They were connected to community resources for additional assistance, including regular access to groceries.
By helping Ana provide for her children and keep her family together, you greatly decreased her anxiety as a mom. With less stress, she is better able to focus on her children’s needs and behaviors.
“I feel calmer, I don’t feel so desperate,” she says. “I used to cry because I was feeling so stressed. My older son will tell me, ‘You don’t need to cry anymore Mami, because they are good and they will help us.’”
Thank you for giving Ana and her boys the critical support they needed to survive the coronavirus and start a new life free from violence.
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