It would certainly be an understatement to say that this year has been rough. So many of our [Cabrini Immigrant Services] Moms had to learn how to do on-line learning so their children could attend school. Now, the children are on hybrid schedules so our Moms are making sure the children are at the bus stop on time, get on their computers for on-line learning, etc. etc.
Cabrini Immigrant Services (CIS) has invited a small group of our Moms to come, relax and enjoy each other’s company. One Mom said, “It is nice to have a place to just breathe.”
Kimberly Lara, a social work intern from Mercy College, leads the group. They talk about what is happening with their children, the concerns about COVID, school, etc.
This week, when they met, they painted a picture. Kimberly asked them to think about something that was important to them or something that gives them joy. Many spoke about the importance of family, having a home and also the beautiful views of the Fall foliage that we have in Dobbs Ferry, New York.
There was a lot of laughter while they were painting. In addition, they enjoyed some arroz con leche and fried plantains, made by one of our Moms. We are so happy to be able to offer them a place to come where they can relax, even if it is for a short time.
~ submitted by Lorraine Campanelli, Director, Cabrini Immigrant Services, Dobbs Ferry, NY
Thanks to Guadalupe newsletter for this article