One of the staff at my children’s school told me about the CVH Anti-Poverty Town Hall Meeting in Port Chester and I went—it was awesome. My experience as a single mother is not easy. I know mothers who work 12-16 hours a day and still live in one room with their kids. I want my kids to have a better life experience. CVH opened my eyes. We learned about our rights; about laws to protect us, but we can’t benefit from these unless we do something. CVH wants to let us know that although this life is hard, if we do nothing it will only get worse.
I was asked to speak at CVH’s first anti-poverty meeting in Port Chester. I did a speech in a church about what the After School programs are doing for me. I’m glad my kids are learning there; we need that help. One of our legislators attended; it was so exciting for me—it was the first time I felt heard and I did not want it to end! Something changed inside me that night—we can’t just stay home and do nothing.
A lot of people don’t know what is happening. I wanted to do something; at least let people know what is happening. As a CVH Leader, I testified in White Plains—spoke about my experience with After School programs. Only two schools have this and it’s one of the things we want to change. We work 2-3 jobs to survive; we need low cost/free, quality programs.
CVH helps me see the world in another way; a new perspective. I’m learning a lot of things and have help from a lot of beautiful people; I don’t feel alone anymore. What we have is 100,000 times better than in my home country (Dominican Republic), but we deserve more than we have now. I want to educate people on what they can get if they apply for it. Inspired by my involvement with CVH, I started the Action for Education Group, working with other immigrant mothers. I also got involved with the Latino Network group; I’m involved with anything that helps the community. There are a lot of good changes in my community and this is all thanks to CVH.