Justice Programming Spotlight 

Welcome Back Ana Flores

We are thrilled that Ms. Ana Flores has returned to Holy Cross Ministries as an attorney. Ana began her career at HCM as a client intake specialist in 2015, shortly after she was promoted to legal assistant, and then became a Department of Justice Accredited Representative. Ana quickly realized that she was passionate about helping vulnerable immigrants obtain permanent residence and authorization to work in the United States, and she decided to apply to the University of Utah, S.J. Quinney College of Law.

Ana was well prepared for law school, having previously attended Middlebury Institute of International Studies where she earned a master’s degree in international policy with a concentration in human security and development. She also earned a bachelor of arts in global studies, attended the Danish Institute for Studying Abroad in Denmark, and successfully finished a prestigious program at the Ashesi University in Ghana.

Ana has developed a keen understanding of how important it is to promote access to immigration-related legal systems that support social justice. Over the years, she has assisted countless victims of domestic violence escape dangerous living situations and eventually become naturalized citizens. Ana also expertly provides legal services to victims of certain violent crimes, DACA recipients and displaced immigrants seeking asylum in the U.S.

HCM quietly announced that Ana would be returning to HCM’s Legal Immigration Program at the recent Autumn Harvest Benefit. Staff members were overjoyed to find out Ana is now an attorney and news traveled fast in the community. “I was amazed by the number of people who already know Ana!” says Lorina Tester, Director of the Legal Immigration Program. “When she arrived at HCM, she immediately began providing representation for our legal immigration clients, and we are truly blessed that she is back. Everyone in the Holy Cross family hopes that she will be with us for many years to come.”

Education Programming Spotlight 

A Memorable Christmas

Every year, Toys for Tots donates toys to our families in our education programs, bringing joy to the faces of many children. To distribute these toys, our education director and manager planned a Christmas drive-thru celebration with the help of volunteers and supporters. This year, 41 volunteers from Park City Sunrise Rotary and South Summit Interact Club spent an estimate of 104 hours unpacking and preparing gifts. 

Gifts were distributed to 56 families from the Parents as Teachers Program and the School Readiness Program. In addition to the toys, thanks to Park City Sunrise Rotary, families also received a $50.00 gift card, a bag of ingredients to make a warm and delicious hot chocolate, instant photos, and the opportunity to meet Santa! We are grateful to all our volunteers and supporters for making this day so special for so many of our families.

Health Programming Spotlight 

Wraparound Services for Esteban

*Esteban was contacted by Carmen Cardenas, one of HCM’s community health worker/promotoras, who learned that Esteban had no medical or dental benefits, was struggling with food insecurity, and was unsure where to turn for assistance with his needs. Along with all these issues, Esteban was also not feeling well, lacked the financial means to seek medical attention, had a language barrier, and lost a significant portion of his small family business.

Carmen jumped in and assisted Esteban in applying for Medicaid and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, as well as in contacting other community resources for immediate assistance, as there were many available to assist with medical needs. She also met with him at the 4th Street Clinic to ensure he received the necessary medical care for his illness. They were able to schedule appointments for dental, vision, and health care together. Carmen and Esteban collaborated for months to submit numerous applications for services that Esteban qualified for.

HCM offers wraparound services to all our clients, one of which is the Small Business Assistance Program. This program assists immigrants and traditionally marginalized communities in obtaining resources to start or grow their businesses. Esteban’s small business was financially impacted by the pandemic, and he was forced to sell his home. Carmen connected him to HCM’s Small Business Assistance Coordinator, Claire Shaver, and together they applied for several grants to help his business.

Esteban recently contacted Carmen to inform her that he had been approved for all the services they had applied for and was extremely grateful for the assistance that our organization provided him in working through the application process. He is now waiting to hear back about the small business grants, and he expressed his gratitude to Carmen for connecting him with community resources and taking the time to help, explain, and complete applications that assist people with their specific needs.

 

 

HCM's Promotor/a Health Outreach Staff

* In order to protect the privacy of those we serve, an alternative name and image is used for this HCM client.

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