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Maria’s Restaurant: Back in Action

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Maria’s Restaurant has been a fixture along the Hunting Park 5th Street corridor, offering authentic Caribbean food at affordable prices since 1997. Together with her sons and local employees, she serves an average of 100 people each day. Maria closed the restaurant on March 16th due to the coronavirus, taking with it her family’s only source of income. Esperanza worked with…
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Guillermo’s Story: Seizing Hope!

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When Guillermo reached out to Esperanza, he had lost his job of many years. He was behind on his utilities and in foreclosure. As the only member of his household to earn an income, Guillermo urgently needed a job and knew what he wanted: to become a licensed truck driver. Our workforce team assisted Guillermo…
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Overcoming Fear: Mateo’s New Citizen Story

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For many immigrants, fear is like an anchor weighing down hope and forward movement. Applying for citizenship can feel daunting, and research shows that lack of knowledge about government laws and legal services prevents many from applying each year. When Mateo saw an Esperanza Immigration Legal Services (EILS) commercial, he was excited. He had been…
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Maria & Ramiro Madrid: Achieving Citizenship as a Family 

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When we ensure that immigrants have the opportunity to live to become United States citizens, we empower some incredible role models in our communities. Here is the story of Maria and Ramiro Madrid and how they used their opportunity to help families just like them. The Madrid family arrived in Philadelphia from Medellín, Colombia in 2008. In…
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Financial Assistance for Guadalupe: Finding Hope Through Uncertainty 

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Guadalupe was looking to rebuild her life after enduring an abusive marriage. Because her abusive husband was a U.S. Citizen, she was able to self-petition for an Adjustment of Status via the Violence Against Women Act and received her green card in 2014. For five years, Guadalupe worked hard to move past her traumatic experience. She learned English and even started her own cleaning business.    In 2019, Guadalupe was referred to Esperanza Immigration Legal Services…
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Rosalia’s Journey to Citizenship During COVID-19  

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The world has rapidly shifted in many ways due to the COVID-19 pandemic. One transition millions have had to adjust to is virtual learning and services. In 2014, Rosalia traveled to the United States to be reunited with her children and grandchildren after her son filed a petition on her behalf. After spending five years in the U.S. as a green card holder, she began the naturalization process to ensure a future with her loved…
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Advocating with Karla 

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None of us should have to walk through life’s challenges alone. Obtaining citizenship can make it possible for immigrants with medical challenges to be closer to the family and friends who make up their support network, access quality health benefits, and travel freely.  These potential new citizens require a strong advocate in their corner to walk with them through the legal process. This was the…
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