During March we observe Social Work Month to celebrate the powerful impact of Ayuda’s Social Services team. These dedicated individuals work with immigrant clients to identify their unique needs and goals and navigate resources in their communities. Social Work is difficult to describe because it looks so different for everyone. Zoila’s story below is just one example of how social services uplifts survivors and those who could use a helping hand.  

Thank you, Ayuda Social Services team! 

Zoila, an immigrant mother of two, first connected with Ayuda in March of 2022. She had recently survived domestic violence and was experiencing economic hardship, with a baby on the way. Ayuda’s Social Services team met her with our helping hand extended.  

Senior Case Manager Diana Fitz and her colleagues connected Zoila with financial assistance, so that she could create stability in her life. To prepare for welcoming her little one, Zoila joined Ayuda’s Nursery Project, which gave her access to all the newborn essentials. Her family has also been able to count on Ayuda’s pantry and diaper bank since the new baby arrived.   

In the last year, Zoila has been making progress on her road to recovery. She’s participated in therapy through Ayuda’s support group, as well as different self-improvement workshops, to help her reach a healthy mental space in life.  

With Ayuda’s support, Zoila has been able to set goals and thrive. Her dream is to start a food truck business, and she will soon work with the social services team to start applying for the necessary certification. The entire Ayuda team is excited for the day we will get to taste Zoila’s cuisine!