The Vazquez family came to The Salvation Army (TSA) Bellflower Access Center near the start of the COVID-19 pandemic seeking assistance with a grave situation.
Antonio Vazquez, father, and husband died due to the virus. His death left his family in great sadness, and as he was the main breadwinner for the family – in a dire economic situation. His family, faced with food shortages and accumulated debt, was on the brink of homelessness.
Without a way to pay their rent, their manager, Mr. Ponce, had notified that they were at risk of eviction. The Salvation Army was able to mediate on the Vazquezes’ behalf to ensure that they do not have to leave the home that they have been living in for the past 20 years. Through the conversations with TSA, Mr. Ponce agreed to support the Vazquez family while they recover from their family tragedy and agreed to have The Salvation Army assist in payment of the Vazquez family’s rent.
Recently, through The Salvation Army’s Christmas assistance programs, the Vasquez family was paired with a group of sponsors willing to help them during the holiday season. They were provided a Thanksgiving dinner and household essentials.
Ever since their first visit 8 months ago, The Salvation Army has provided continuous comfort and support to the Vasquez family through visits and telephone contact, supplied them with household essentials in the form of food boxes, cases of water, personal hygiene items, and cleaning supplies, and assisted in the payment of their utilities. This assistance has helped to shoulder the family while they explore other available resources to help them overcome the difficult situation they are going through.
Manuel, their primary contact, is happy to continue working together to help the Vazquezes and all the families in need in the community.