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December, 2014

In this issue:

Dozens of South Coast families to benefit from President’s Executive Order on Immigration

Juan Gabriel Mejia: learning English between jobs

Upcoming events at Puente

What Puente needs this month: General support, Amazon Smile and more

Call for Volunteers!

A letter from Kerry Lobel, Puente executive director





Dozens of South Coast families to benefit from President’s Executive Order on Immigration
Puente Program Director Rita Mancera believes at least 118 local parents with children in the school district will benefit from the President’s executive order on immigration, plus several parents whose children have already graduated or are still too young for school. That’s a substantial segment of the local Latino population... Read more.

Juan Gabriel Mejia: learning English between jobs
 Juan Gabriel Mejia has been in the U.S. two years and six months. So far he’s seen the insides of three kitchens, towers of dirty dishes, and a seemingly endless cycle of row crops. Mejia has three nights off. He spends two of them learning English through Puente’s ESL program. Read more

Upcoming events at Puente
Two presentations will focus on changes on the horizon for undocumented residents of the South Coast – the President’s new executive action on immigration and California’s new driver’s license program. And the holidays bring Puente’s annual community-wide Posada and La Sala Christmas. Read more.

What Puente needs this month: General support, Amazon Smile and more
Each year, Puente touches over 1,500 people on the South Coast – nearly 1/3 of the residents of our rural and isolated region. And each year we ask you—our donors—to support our programs and services that impact participants’ lives in so many ways. Read more.

Call for Volunteers!
Make volunteering at Puente your early intention for 2015 – join our team as a volunteer tax preparer or mentor. Or help with our holiday programs. Read more

 

A letter from Kerry Lobel, Puente executive director
One of my most treasured possessions is a now-faded piece of paper – my Grandmother Eva’s certificate of naturalization issued in 1942, 16 years after her arrival in the United States. A Russian immigrant, my grandmother held two jobs and raised her four daughters alone. It was only a slip of paper, but for her it carried a profoundly real psychological impact – the feeling of belonging, of legitimacy, of building toward a future of living in the light. Read more.

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