The Calderon family have been in the United States for 3 years and have struggled to provide for their family Before moving to the U.S., both parents were engineers in Mexico but are unable to utilize their degree or experience to qualify for a job here. Dulce, the mother, is working hard to learn English in order to obtain a higher paying job. Her husband works delivering food to schools and restaurants. Just having one income is very difficult for the family of 5, especially given their advanced education levels in Mexico. However, they wanted a better life for their boys in the U.S. and are working hard to achieve their dreams.
While Dulce is learning English, she has become very involved at Brother Bill’s Helping Hand attending programs and leading other moms. She facilitates the ARK program at BBHH, a faith-based parent support group, attends Exercise Class, receives 80+ pounds of groceries at our Grocery Store twice a month, attends job training classes to further her professional skills, and more.
In addition, Dulce works hard to care of their three boys, Marco, Gael, and Gerardo and they are very involved in BBHH activities like Soccer Camp, Art Camp, Vacation Bible School, Basketball Camp, Camp Ozark, and more. Dulce shared, “Summers can be very tough for our family because the kids aren’t getting two free lunches a day at school. We love coming to BBHH because we know that twice a month at Grocery Store and at the kids’ programs, the boys will receive lunches. They are healthy and filling and such a blessing to our family.”
Dulce also now regularly brings her two nieces and nephew to BBHH along with her boys to partake in the summer programs and lunches to help her extended family. She is so grateful for the extra support her family receives for meals and more during the summer.
Last year, Brother Bill’s Helping Hand distributed 4,000 lunches to kids and 3,000 of those were during the summer.
While Brother Bill’s Helping Hands can’t reach all hungry children YET, hundreds of children in our service area, like Dulce and her family are smiling and happy with full tummies all summer long. The program is made possible by local donations and sponsors like Dallas Morning News Charities.
May we count on you to help others like Dulce? Please visit http://bit.ly/DMNCharities18 to donate today.