La Posada Providencia is a diamond in the rough; the modest buildings don’t say much, but the people inside them do. Men, women, and children from Central America, Africa, and more saturate the small dormitories and leafy pavilion with their diverse complexions, beautiful languages, and hearty laughter. Coming from an ethnically homogenous region, the optics of seeing so many different people in one space was unfamiliar yet I welcomed the sight. As I was introduced to each building and its respective purpose by Sister Nora, one stood out-the mobile classroom. As someone who has been a student of the English language for nearly two decades, the idea that it could be a difficult language to learn for non-native speakers was admittedly a foreign concept. As I entered the small room. I was greeted by Sister Therese who was teaching a small group of Spanish-speaking clients how to spell their names in English. As each person fretfully spelled their name aloud, Sister Nora and Sister Therese were quick to engender a positive and supportive environment with their cheers of encouragement. While that little act of positivity may not seem significant to some, to the clients it instilled a bit more confidence that they were capable and worthy of being here.
As a volunteer at La Posada Providencia, I am sensitized to the unique and varying situations of each client. Despite their perilous journeys to the United States, every client is a true representation of the perseverance this country prides itself on. Although I have not witnessed the physical, social, and legal obstacles they have endured-and continue to bear-to be here, I appreciate how their faith in a better tomorrow never waivers.
Clients assisted from July 1, 2021 – March 5, 2022 (Fiscal Year):
Clients assisted from March 1, 2022- March 5, 2022
The following nine(9) Countries of Origin represented in February