Category Archives: Success Stories

Gabriela Batista: Rising Up to Amplify Latinx Voices

At 25, Gabriela Batista-Vargas is currently a first-year law student at Georgia State University who hopes that her J.D. will allow her to resolve socioeconomic injustice along ethnic divides. She was born in Puerto Rico, lived in Orlando as a child, and spent her adolescence in Georgia. Upon moving to Georgia, she found that her school and community were less

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LCF Georgia Announces 2019 Board of Directors

The Latino Community Fund (LCF Georgia), announces the appointment of three new Board directors for the 2019 – 2020 term, effective January 1st. In alphabetical order, the new members are: Daniela Demaria, Senior Vice President, Managing Director, Head of Strategy and Solutions Fifth Third Bank. Daniela has 20 years of C-Suite experience in the US and abroad. Ms. Demaria holds

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Provoking Reflection Through Youth Adult Books, Marie Marquardt

It was September 2015 and Dr. Marie Friedmann Marquardt was at Little Shop of Stories surrounded by friends and children. Everybody was asking her questions about a love story taking place in Georgia. The story was between Alma, (a Mexican quinceañera very much aware that her ticket out of poverty was education and hard work) and Evan, the nephew of

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“That tasted good” said Marlon, to which I replied, “Jesus usually does.”

(This post was originally published as part of MC USA’s Immigration Justice: Learn, Pray, Join initiative.  It is here re-published with permission from the writer, Anton Flores-Maisonet. Anton Flores-Maisonet is the co-founder of Casa Alterna, a hospitality house located in a Guatemalan neighborhood in Georgia and devoted to faithful acts of mercy and justice.) During the funeral visitation for my paternal grandfather,

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I am lucky to have the opportunity to provide a service that meets a very real and immediate need – Holly Patrick

We continue, during this Hispanic Heritage Month, highlighting the work of community members and also of hard-working allies. In this story, we feature Holly Patrick, a board member of El Refugio, a ministry of hospitality for immigrants detained at Stewart Detention Center and their families.  Holly has a Master’s Degree in Public Health Rollins School of Public Health from Emory University, a

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