Posts Tagged ‘education’

One-Legged Dad & Deaf Son Refuse to Let Disabilities Define Them

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

By Alice Kenny

Jose Arias did not curse fate when, at age 7, a car side swiped the car where he sat on a road in his native Dominican Republic and tore off his entire right leg. And he did not curse fate when his four-year-old son was diagnosed as deaf.

Instead he took any job he could get from cleaning cars to painting houses in Puerto Rico.  He and his son received legal U.S. permanent residence there nearly 20 years ago.

He also did all he could to help his son work hard as he did to overcome his own disability.  During school semesters, he sent the younger Jose to a school for the deaf in their native Dominican Republic because the school offered him a scholarship and a superior education than similar schools in Puerto Rico.  And during holidays and the summer months, he reinforced with his son the value of working hard to move beyond their life of poverty.

But when the U.S immigration authorities incorrectly took away young Jose’s green card in July 2011, Mr. Arias and his son did not accept this as fate.  Instead, for more than two years they fought back, hobbling from street to street and office to office speaking in Spanish, broken English and sign language to reverse this erroneous immigration decision.

Finally, thanks to free legal support supplied by Catholic Charities, an immigration judge completely reversed the flawed 2011 decision on October 24, 2013.  Now that Jose del Carmen is acknowledged once again as a lawful permanent U.S. resident he plans to complete studies to become a computer technician and land a job that will enable him to support his father as well.

Read their story in The New York Times.

Looking for Work? Cardinal Dolan Adds His Endorsement to Grace Institute’s Free Job Training Classes

Monday, August 27th, 2012

His Excellency, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan, visited Grace Institute in Manhattan on August 14 to lend his support to this Catholic Charities affiliate that, for more than a century, has provided tuition-free business skills job training for more than 100,000 women in need.

Classes that Grace Institute provides in keyboarding skills, the hands-on experience it offers with Microsoft Office Suite programs Word, Excel, Power Point, Access and Outlook, and its job placement success rate make the Institute’s offerings particularly valuable now during this tightened employment market.

  • Click here to see if you or someone you know may qualify for Grace Institute’s tuition-free classes.
  • Click here to read the profile of Ivonne Diaz and learn how Grace Institute helped her.