Volunteers Rallying to Help Tuscaloosa’s Hispanic Community

From The Tuscaloosa News:

Victor Tlapanco set out with a team of volunteers April 28 to find people in Hispanic neighborhoods who needed help.

They found homes in Alberta and Holt that had been destroyed. But they couldn’t find any people.

“We couldn’t find anybody, anywhere,” he said.

Being self-sufficient is part of Hispanic culture, he said, which may have discouraged people from seeking help. At first, people had plans to live outside or in their cars, he said.

A lot of people were likely worried about their immigration status, said volunteer Louis Ginocchio, which is why many hid in cars or under storm debris when authorities came through.

Eventually, however, the volunteers located people and persuaded them to come to Holy Spirit Catholic Church.Read more…

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