Moving to a new country can be isolating and overwhelming when you have little support and a language barrier. With few belongings, Juliana moved to the Sheboygan area with hope for opportunity and happiness for her and her four children. When personal tragedy struck, she found help from a local shelter where she was referred to Catholic Charities for additional assistance. Juliana spoke with Clarita, one of our bilingual case managers. Although it was difficult to talk about her situation, it helped Juliana to have someone who could speak her language to help her express what she needed.
From the start Catholic Charities acquired needed supplies, blankets, Christmas gifts for the children, and gas cards to get to and from work. Juliana continued to meet with Clarita who helped her identify goals and take steps that would help her, and her children find safety and stability. Over time, Juliana has taken control of her family, secured a new job, registered her youngest for daycare, and her oldest is finishing their first year of college. Juliana and Clarita find moments to reflect on her long journey, the troubles she has overcome and the strength and happiness she now exudes. Clarita says, “it’s great to see her success.”
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