Adan Vigil Perez
Adan Vigil Perez came to the United States from El Salvador over a decade ago, hoping he might find a job to support his family at home. His father suggested he go to North Carolina, where it was "quiet," and people were "kind and welcoming to immigrants." Adan began working at restaurants in Greensboro and Siler City, and found his father's words to be true. Five years later Adan unexpectedly became ill with a debilitating brian tumor that required brain surgery, and long-term special treatment in New York. He recently returned to North Carolina, a proud cancer suvivor and happy to be home, but without financial support or community resources to help him navigate life with new challenges from the surgery. Adan felt alone and needed help.
We met Adan this fall, and were able to provide him with food, clothing and access to healthcare, along with legal assistanance....and friendship. Despite disabilities from the surgery Adan was determined to find a job, so he began ESL classes at FaithAction, and worked with Americorps staff member Sarah Rawleigh and volunteer Lonnie Cathey, a Monday night Spanish club participant, to create a resume and begin job searches. Adan notes, "I felt very supported by FaithAction. They helped me find a doctor, a job, how to ride the buses...I have confianza (trust) with the staff and volunteers, and want to give back for all they have done for me." We were thrilled to be on hand a few weeks ago to watch Adan sign a contract to begin work with a local department store. Shortly after, Adan was the first to volunteer and the last to leave after helping staff clean up at our recent Multicultural Thanksgiving.
Thank you Adan, for sharing your powerful story.
"I felt very supported by FaithAction. They helped me find a doctor, a job, how to ride the buses...I have confianza (trust) with the staff and volunteers, and want to give back for all they have done for me."