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Wayne Suber - Wayne came to Lao Family in the spring of 2010 and enrolled in the Welfare-to-Work Program. He was a single parent raising a son. Wayne had gone through some rough times in his young adult life. His mistakes would eventually catch up with him.  By age 21, he fathered three children; got in trouble with the law twice, and as a result, he spent five years in prison.   Read More...

 

Madelyn Centeno - Madelyn Centeno had been out of work for six months when she came to Lao Family Community Development in February of 2008. A single parent of two children, Madelyn had been taking care of her seriously ill parents and working at a large hardware store. She was offered another position, which she accepted, but which subsequently fell through. Read More...  


Bobby Chantavong - I thought I was cool, but I was hanging out with the wrong kids,” says Bobby Chantavong. Born in the U.S., 14 year-old Bobby was struggling to fit in. His parents and grandparents were Lao refugees, who had their own issues transitioning to a new life.  Read More...  

 

Saw Eh Ku and Shellabell Naw - My mother and father decided to bring us to the United States from Thailand to find a better life for my sister, Cherry Baw—who is now at UC Berkeley; and my brother, Saw Eh Tataw who is at Chabot College; and for myself.  When we first came to the U.S. in 2004, life was difficult—U.S. customs and culture were so different than in Thailand and Burma. My family spoke very little English at the time. It was difficult for my parents to find a job because of the language issue.  Read More...  


Teresa Matias -  Teresa Matias came to US as an asylee from Guatemala in 2000 to escape the war and for hopes for a better life for her family— in particular for her son Oscar, who was nine years old at the time. Oscar suffers from Spina Bifida. Teresa knew that if they came to the US, Oscar would have more opportunities than if they had stayed in Guatemala. For one, she wanted Oscar to attend school which is not an option in her home country. Read More...


Kyaw Naing - Kyaw Naing left Burma in 1992, fleeing persecution from a government that was opposed to his fight for democracy and independence. He met and married his wife, Lae Lae Htun on the Thailand/Burma border, and she gave birth to their daughter in Bangkok. Kyaw and his family came to Oakland with the support of their International Rescue Committee sponsors in November 2004.  Read More...  


Kay and Khea Saechao -  Kay and Khea Saechao have faced some challenges in their lives in the United States. Both came with their families to the U.S. as refugees when they were children and learned to straddle two cultures—that of their Mien families, and that of their new home country.  Now in their mid-20s, Kay and Khea experienced challenges common to many couples learning to live together. They also found themselves facing challenges balancing bi-cultural values in their new household.  Read More...  


Mang Thao - “My name is Mang Thao, I am 42 years old with eight children. My husband and I came to the United States on June 13, 1996. We were having a lot of family problems. Our marriage was not doing well because we lacked understanding of the other person. There was miscommunication a lot and we disagreed about the children all the time. We also didn’t have enough money to support our family. We fought all the time when we talked about the children and the money issues.  ReadMore...