As a teen Melvin was forced to leave his family behind to escape the violence and gang warfare in his home country of Honduras. Melvin joined his father in Hempstead where he hoped for a life of safety and stability. Although Melvin’s mother and young siblings remained in Honduras, Melvin and his father worked to make enough money to send back to them to provide for their basic necessities.
Melvin was attending school and working at a local car wash with his dad. They lived together in a tiny one room apartment, but made ends meet and were glad to have each other. Then the pandemic hit. Increased hardship, job loss, and food scarcity quickly rocked their world, but never did Melvin think his life would be turned upside down like it was. In late April, Melvin’s father tested positive for COVID-19 and a month later passed away after a valiant battle with Coronavirus.
Alone, at the tender age of 18, Melvin found himself homeless, devastated and mourning the loss of his father with nowhere to turn. All that he and his father had worked hard towards was gone. His support system was decimated, and his comforts replaced by the absence of his father and the overwhelming uncertainties.
With nowhere to turn and stricken by grief, Melvin was referred to FCA’s Immigrant Support Services Hotline. A team of FCA staff provided Melvin with the resources he needed to cope and to take on the numerous challenges this young teen was now confronting. Most importantly, FCA helped secure a proper burial for his father.
“I am grateful that I have found meaningful work and that I can follow in my father’s footsteps as a bricklayer. I miss him very much and it means so much to me to be able to honor him in this way. I am happy to have a good future ahead of me now, thanks to FCA.” - Melvin
FCA Continues to Shape the Future of Long Island.
Thanks to donors like you, Melvin is no longer homeless and is thriving at Walkabout the place he now calls home. This young man has gone on to build valuable friendships, develop new life-skills and foster a foundation of success towards independent living. Melvin’s story highlights the challenges facing our community -- challenges that will continue as we move towards a promising future.
We can’t do it without your help.
The urgent need for support and services continues in our community. FCA remains committed across our five divisions to helping those in need throughout Long Island. FCA has ramped up services and supported our neighbors through unprecedented times to help provide food, shelter, and other essential services, but we still need your help.
As we look ahead, our thoughts are with those who have suffered loss and those who have overcome insurmountable challenges and come out stronger. FCA reminds you that we are all in this together.
The future of Long Island depends on you. Your donation provides immediate support to Melvin and thousands of others like him who are in need.
An Urgent Message From Our CEO
Many nonprofits have been devastated by COVID-19 as their ability to raise money has been drastically diminished due to the cancellation of in-person events. The vital services we provide like addiction prevention and treatment, mental health and wellness, senior and adult services and residential care are at risk as we have seen budgets slashed. We need your help now more then ever before.
Your donations will help Melvin as well as the over 30,000 children, seniors, families and communities we serve each and every year.