Licia suffered enormous trauma during her childhood, and she is still working through the legacies of that abuse. As an adult, she has had three heart surgeries, as well as…

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“I want to say thanks to Arlington Thrive,” Elvira says quickly. “I know this country has a lot of organizations that help people but for me, Arlington Thrive is here…

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Juan Romero

Juan struggles with the issues most single parents in Arlington face: virtual learning in 2020 and a school day that ends at 2:25 pm now that students are back in…

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Working as a childcare worker and nanny, single mom Heidi has managed to provide all the necessities for herself and her teenage daughter. But when Covid hit, her overtime work…

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Alfonso Vicente

Gratitude is among the first words Alfonso uses when talking about Arlington Thrive, a place where he says the staff has treated him with respect. Alfonso came to the US…

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Santos Marquez

Santos left El Salvador in 2012 seeking new opportunities, and found his way to Arlington where he lives with a friend. He had steady employment in an Italian restaurant until…

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Yamille grew up in Northern Virginia as her mother worked for Arlington County for decades. Eventually Arlington is where Yamille chose to live with her three children. She has worked…

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Victor Castro

Victor has lived in Arlington since he was eight. He “jumped the border” from Mexico to escape violence, hoping for a better life. He fled with his mother, younger sister…

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