The transition into adulthood is challenging for most youth in America. They must learn to budget, take care of an apartment, buy groceries. Add in language barriers, a residency in the United States of only a couple years, and pending employment authorization documents, and this transition may seem almost impossible.
Twelve students from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., spent their spring break in Phoenix volunteering with Catholic Charities Westside Head Start and the unaccompanied minor program. Steve Pisciotta tells us about his experience.
Andrea Enfield and Mary Haffner, students from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., have friends spending their spring break in San Diego, Las Vegas and Mexico - but these students have committed to serving others.
“I was one of the few in my hometown in Ethiopia who made it to high school and then college,” said Merie. “Education has a lasting impact on independence, self-sufficiency and becoming a contributing member of the community.”
Gloria made the perilous journey to the United States (U.S.) from Honduras at the age of 16 with her infant son. She was fleeing the violence and gangs that permeated her life.
After arriving in the U.S., Gloria and her son were accepted into the unaccompanied minor program (UMP) at Catholic Charities. This started her on a path of safety and hope.
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