Mom's Second Chance
Organized by: Lorena Zapata
This is a story about Ines, my warrior mother who bravely came from Colombia to the United States seeking a path to a brighter future for herself and her children. As with most transitions, it wasn't easy; English was dizzying, the culture shock was real, family was far in a different country, and the costs of being a single mother increasingly taxing. My mother sacrificed her youth for me and my brother, working various menial jobs at the same time just to make ends meet, and she hasn't stopped, for my education and future. For this, I feel compelled to give her a chance at what she missed while she so willingly focused on me: an opportunity to follow a fulfilling career and at last be financially stable, a long-awaited breath of fresh air for all of us.
Despite the financial hardships, Ines took a leap of faith and enrolled in university to be a Physical Therapist Assistant, her dream come true (she used to be an athlete in high school). She embraces each day passionately, eager to achieve her best in class. Yet, even with all financial aid options exhausted, it is proving extremely difficult to pay for rent, classes, books, and other school related things. The stress finally took over and she is now very ill with bronchitis. I write this from an emergency room and unfortunately, with no insurance, the little funds my mother had for school are now going to the medical bills.
I have tried to help with school expenses, but while I begin a new business with the intent of helping my mother, our pooled resources are not enough. Let us join efforts together to help her obtain a key to a career that is not sweeping floors and counting groceries, but one that empowers those in pain and demonstrates that we can make a difference in the lives of others. She has sacrificed so much and made it this far and is in danger of dropping out to return to low paying jobs only to start the same vicious cycle of stress.
My goal is to raise $10,500 to cover for living expenses only while she is in university. I will update the CrowdRise goal as needed for it to reflect even personal dontations (there *are* great people in the world!) Even though the need is much greater considering the medical bills and student loans, it is the most urgent necessity. This will immensely relieve all financial stress and will help until my mom graduates in October 2016.
Whether you can give $1 or $100 or even $0, we only ask for you to share with your friends and family and, of course, appreciate every donation.
It has been a long struggle and we are ready and more than grateful for help from people like you. Feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Thank you!! Lorena (daughter)