Maria* is a single mother from Guatemala. She has four children, but only one baby lives with her in the states, while the other three remain in her native country. When she was first referred to the program, she was very depressed and anxious. She was experiencing issues of acculturation and deep sadness associated with leaving her children in Guatemala. Over the course of the next several weeks, our staff worked with Maria to help her increase her understanding of depression and she received loving support from the group.
Other mothers in the group shared their struggles with depression, which helped normalize what Marisa was experiencing. This helped her realize she wasn’t alone as well as the importance of asking for help when she needed it. After several weeks of being with the group, she felt comfortable enough to share that she had been a victim of abuse and was traumatized by the experience. Our staff worked with Maria to get her enrolled in the Victim’s Compensation Program. This lead to Maria
getting a work visa and she is now in the process of trying to reunite with her kids in the States. Maria later reported to the facilitator that the group had been a great support network to her and said they helped her during a very difficult time in her life.
*Name has been changed for privacy.
Family Works' client, Dennis Huynh graduated from San Jose State University in May 2015 with a double Bachelor's in Arts!
Dennis worked with staff member Jennifer Castillo (pictured left) and Elizabeth Hernandez in our Independent Living Skills Program since 2012. Both team members supported Dennis throughout his SJSU journey by providing assistance with homework assignments and helping him navigate the financial aid system.
After receiving his degrees, Dennis enrolled at De Anza College in Cupertino to pursue a career in graphic design.
Family Works' congratulates Dennis for his hard work and looks forward to supporting him in accomplishing his career goals.