Surviving a Stroke; Facing Eviction

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By Alice Kenny

Marianela Toro always served as her family’s caregiver.  But when a massive stroke permanently paralyzed the left side of her body, the family she used to care for suddenly struggled to care for her.

Ms. Toro’s sister, Ana Ventura, earns less than $1,000 per month by bringing food carts to patients at Roosevelt Hospital.  She asks for overtime to help meet expenses.  Her son, Yadriel, 12, pitches in by buying chocolate bars in bulk and selling them to classmates.

Yet together, they were unable to pay their rent while caring for Ms. Toro, now wheelchair bound.

Click here  to read her story published in The New York Times and learn how Catholic Charities helped the family keep their home.

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