Mr. Silva came to the United States from Peru in 2013 after a diagnosis of cancer that had resulted in the loss of his leg to be with family. While living in New Jersey, he faced a recurrence of his cancer and then lost his fulltime job. Six months ago, Julio and his wife Norma relocated to Concord, but with high rents and no fulltime work in sight, they needed to move in with family.
Julio has found it difficult to get around with his disability. After his first visit to Monument Impact, staff member Marcia Norori connected him to our Monument Community Shuttle and to other local resources. The Shuttle helps Julio get to appointments and to the Monument Impact office where he enjoys a sense of community. He told his wife Norma about our resources and she joined our Day Labor program to bring in some much-needed money. Then we helped connect her to a good job.
As Norma put it, “I am very grateful to Monument Impact and the kind people who work there for giving us the resources to create a new life here in Concord. They helped me find a fulltime job. Thank you for making us feel at home!”
Today Mr. Silva is no longer confined to his home where he felt isolated from the Monument community. “Monument Impact has been there for me in this most difficult time in my life,” he said. “I now have a mode of transportation and access to health services to continue my treatment. The staff have guided me towards a positive change.”
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