Posts Tagged ‘Vladimir Gongora’

Bridging the Gap between Wealth and Want

Tuesday, June 4th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Looking for a sneak peek inside the lives and work at Catholic Charities?

  • Meet Vladimir, a teenager from rural El Salvador who thought he was the only child born without hearing; the Incognitos, a couple married 50 years now struggling to stay together despite illness and Erin, a cancer survivor whose home was destroyed by Hurricane Sandy.
  • Meet Julia Schafer and MaryEllen Ferrera, Catholic Charities case managers who helped rebuild their lives.
  • Meet Catherine Kinney and Stanley Grayson, leaders on Catholic Charities’ Board of Trustees.
  • And listen as Catholic Charities Executive Director Msgr. Kevin Sullivan and His Excellency Timothy Michael Cardinal Dolan explain how Catholic Charities bridges the gap between wealth and want in Stories of Help & Hope 2013, the latest of Catholic Charities’ powerful online videos.

“Catholic Charities builds bridges,” Msgr. Sullivan says, “the bridges needed to connect New York’s great resources – public and private – to provide help that creates hope for each person, made in God’s image and likeness, non-Catholic and Catholic alike.”

It builds bridges inside and out.

“Catholic Charities was like family,” Erin says as she describes the hurricane that stole all she owned. “Finally I had a support system behind me that I didn’t get from anyplace else.  It’s not just rebuilding our house; it’s rebuilding our lives.”

Watch Stories of Help & Hope 2013 now.

 

A Blind Man Sees. A Deaf Man Hears.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

 By Alice Kenny

A blind man – Iking Little – can now see thanks to services Catholic Charities staff maximized by drawing on publicity from The New York Times Neediest Cases campaign.

A deaf man – Vladimir Gongora – can now hear.

Learn more about how Catholic Charities partnered with the New York Times Neediest Cases campaign to transform lives in
this final story that concludes the campaign season.

Borrowed Hearing Aid Opens New World to Teenager

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

By Alice Kenny

Vladimir Gongora, 17, thought he was the only person who could not hear.

He grew up in Cuyantepeque, El Salvador, an isolated farming village nestled between mountains, that had no health center and, until recently, no road access for cars.

For Vladimir, there was also no school: Because he could not hear or speak, teachers shut him out, his family said.  For years he lingered by the school doors at recess, waiting for other children to exit, waiting for playmates. He communicated only with his two sisters and grandparents, using hand signals they had invented.

But now, as a student at the Lexington School for the Deaf in Jackson Heights, Queens, he has made friends with classmates who are also hearing impaired and is learning sign language and to read and write.

“He wants to work,” said his father, Jose Gongora, who never went to school, “and later get a car.  He dreams a lot, right?”

 Read his story published in The New York Times

Watch a video of him on The New York Times website

Learn about crucial help he received from Catholic Charities.