True Stories: Martha Part V

“That’s Me. That’s My Story”   I ask Martha if she knows that many heroes are quiet heroes? I tell her she is a hero for being a better parent than her own.  I ask her if A Stepping Stone has helped with that? To my surprise (which I hope I shielded from her), she hesitates and I think…Continued

True Stories: Martha Part IV

“That’s Me, That’s My Story.”   Martha’s boyfriend was physically and emotionally abusive.  For the first time in the interview, tears well up in her eyes and she dabs them quietly with a tissue. She did attempt to go back to school and attended Alhambra High for a short time.  She knew of a few…Continued

True Stories: Martha Part III

“That’s Me, That’s My Story.”   While her father did rescue her from her mother’s abuse, he was very consumed by work and was not a warm or caring person toward her or her sister.  Martha speaks of his frequent verbal abuse.  He would speak about his hopes that at least one daughter would go…Continued

True Stories: Martha Part II

“That’s Me, That’s My Story.”   Martha talks very quietly about leaving Veracruz for Nogales and staying there on the Mexico side for about three months until her father could arrange for her and her sister to cross.  When they arrived in Phoenix, she stayed out of school for a whole year waiting for her…Continued

True Stories: Martha Part 1

“That’s Me. That’s My Story”   Every-other year or so, A Stepping Stone Foundation teachers show a video. It’s a story about journeying to the United States as an immigrant and seeking a better life.  At the end of the video this spring, Lead Teacher Fran Smith asked the parents if any of them had anything…Continued