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    Helping the residents of El Jardin get to the celebration

    Day 304

    Pride and Joy

    Meeting people’s basic needs is never a small thing. But people are more than the basics – like you and me, the people we serve are complicated and deserving of joy and dignity.

    Today, we’re back with El Jardin de Las Mariposas, helping them find that joy too.

    When we spoke with them about what they wanted to do together, one idea that came up was attending the Gay Pride Parade in the capital of Baja California, Mexicali. They were able to arrange a float that they could present in the parade, but they needed a car to get there – it’s about a three hour drive from Tijuana.

    So, to help them with this last piece of the puzzle, we were able to rent a car for the group to drive to and from Mexicali!

    They had a great time, and even had one of the house members dressed in a crown and Ms. Mariposas sash to help represent the house!

    This crew had made all the arrangements…they just needed an extra push to help them cross the finish line. And the happiness and joy sparked from this one simple request? It will go further than we can imagine.

    A bit thanks to ORAM for making this change possible!


    Meet Steve! Steve is the Executive Director for ORAM, the Organization for Refuge, Asylum and Migration, and member of the Alight family of organizations. Before joining ORAM, Steve served as the Senior Director of Global Initiatives at Out & Equal, the biggest LGBT workplace inclusion non-profit. Steve also launched a non-profit, Alturi, which increases engagement by American donors to organizations improving the lives of LGBT people globally.



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