Living in Venezuela with political issues rising, Kavir and Yaitza were fearful for their children’s safety. They moved to Florida in May of 2013, hopeful for a new start, but with no job, car, or ability to speak English, it was challenging. Kavir had a part-time job working in construction, but it wasn't steady. Income was depleting and so were their spirits.
After a bad storm cost them everything, they found themselves homeless. Kavir felt hopeless and lost.
“As a husband and a father, my job is to provide for my family. Seeing my kids crying and seeing the fear in my wife’s eyes – I felt embarrassed, like it was my fault,” Kavir remembers.
The family slept in their car for a few days while they looked for help. Most local shelters wanted to split Kavir, Yaitza and their two children up, but Metropolitan Ministries was able to take them in the same night they arrived and keep the family together. After a week at Metropolitan Ministries, their anxiety and stress turned into hope and relief.
“We never abandoned our faith,” mentioned Kavir. “We knew God would help us find a place where we could get the help we needed.”
Regardless of all the hardship this family faced, they became stronger. Kavir received help with his resume and interviewing skills and was able to get a job as a chef at the Hard Rock Café. Yaitza is improving her English and writing skills and plans on going back to school to receive her certification in nursing.
“My family is happy. The kids are happy… there’s a real feeling of accomplishment,” Kavir said. “It’s reminded me that there’s always hope.”
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