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Maria Mercedes Ramos – Like All Latina Mothers A Quiet Contributor To Our Community

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Marilyn Alverio/Special to CTLatinoNews.com

Many Latinos in Connecticut may not have known Doña Mercedes Ramos, also known as Mama Mercedes, but we all  know her story. It is the story of so many of our Latino families.  When you entered her home, you were welcomed with a huge sonrisa (smile) and the all-important question;  Ya comiste? Have you already eaten? Her warm and huge heart reminded you of your own Mama. She loved música típica de los dias de ante (music from the old days) and often belted out the words she had memorized over the years.  She first came to Connecticut from Puerto Rico in the early ...

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Latino Grandparents In Connecticut Stepping Up To Care For Grandchildren

Photo credit: (Francisco Castro/ La Opinión)

Photo credit: (Francisco Castro/ La Opinión)

 

Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

For Matthew, a 26-year-old Bridgeport resident raised by his Puerto Rican grandparents, like for many Latino children, this arrangement was a necessity.  But it is one that thousands of Latinos in Connecticut find themselves in.

Mathew , whose full name is being withheld to respect his privacy, was born into circumstances where his biological parents could not provide a stable and economically secure environment, but his grandparents could and were willing to take on the parenting role.

In Matthew’s case, this would not be a short-term relationship. Even after his mother was ready to assume a fuller parental role, he did ...

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Puerto Rico Relief Centers Rely On Cooperation Of Existing Resources – But Can Use More Donations

Photo credit: United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

Photo credit: United Way of Coastal Fairfield County

 

Bill Sarno/CTLatinoNews.com

With hundreds of families and children from hurricane-devastated Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands pouring into Connecticut, several cities that are bearing the brunt of the influx have assembled an array of resources to help the storm victims, as well as the local families that are sheltering them.

These relief programs have been designed as one-stop operations where the new arrivals can obtain donated clothing, food and baby supplies to meet their immediate needs.  The hurricane survivors also are being connected to a broad array of organizations that will provide on-site access and referrals to job search and training, ...

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