One Man's Story
I wanted you to know the tremendous impact your dollars have and so decided to share one man's story.
Nicolas is a 54 year old married father of 4. He has not seen his family in 9 years. N. lived through the horrors of the terrible civil war in El Salvador in the 80's. To this day his country has not recovered. He and his wife decided he had to make the dangerous trip to the U.S. in order to break the cycle of hunger and poverty. When I first met him, he didn't know how to write his own name, school was never an option for him and he did not want the same for his children. There was work in the States and like any good father, he loved his family and would do anything to provide for them. So now... he toils 10 hours a day at a local restaurant as a dishwasher where he makes $8 an hour. He lives as simply as possible so that he can take care of his family back home which includes an elderly mother whose life saving medicine costs $100 a week. Since he usually doesn't have to work till noon, Nicolas arrives several mornings a week at 5 am to open the trailer and prepare a hot meal for the other men who are in similar situations or worse. He is one of the finest people I have ever met.
Because of your generosity... Nicolas now has steady work at the restaurant and no longer has to stand out on street corners 365 days a year hoping for work; he is a regular in the daily ESL class and works very hard at improving his Spanish literacy. He will file his first tax return this year and has participated in volunteer projects within the community. His loneliness & depression have abated since he has found support & friendship here.
All of you have already encountered your own Nicolas. He is the man who cuts your lawn or has replaced your roof. He is the worker who cleaned out your flooded home after Hurricane Sandy. He washes the dishes in your favorite restaurant, works the night shift in local factories or does hospital laundry for minimum wage. Often invisible and without a voice, he is an important asset to your community.
Please help us continue to teach, empower & serve those who are not as fortunate and, for now, need to rely on our generosity as we continue on a path to sustainability.
This is a wonderful time of year to reflect on our own blessings as we are surrounded by family and loved ones. Please help us continue to teach, empower & serve those who are not as fortunate and, for now, need to rely on our generosity as we continue on a path to sustainability.
Wishing you & yours a beautiful holiday season,
Executive Director - The Freeport Trailer