Chil­dren have learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties


Austin American-Statesman - - COMMUNITY NEWS - Con­tin­ued from B

The Rosas fam­ily is part of the Austin Amer­i­canS­tates­man’s Sea­son for Car­ing pro­gram, which features the sto­ries of 12 fam­i­lies and helps hun­dreds of oth­ers through lo­cal non­profit agen­cies. The Rosases were nom­i­nated by the Boys and Girls Club, where four of the chil­dren go af­ter school. The old­est, Maria, helps Rosas around the house.

On this last day of 2012, the Rosas fam­ily will re­mem­ber a year of daily strug­gles: Not enough to eat. Worry about paying the bills. Worn out clothes and shoes.

They also will re­mem­ber the good things that hap­pened be­cause of Sea­son for Car­ing: A trip to the spa for Rosas. Toys in­stead of just clothes for Christ­mas. New liv­ing room fur­ni­ture do­nated by a reader. A car that runs with the help of Young­blood Au­to­mo­tive. The hope of a big­ger apart­ment than the onebed­room in which they cur­rently live.

While many of their needs have been taken care of through read­ers and Forestar Group, items still re­main on their wish list. In ad­di­tion to rent as­sis­tance and util­i­ties, they need bunk beds to max­i­mize their space and new bed­ding.

Many of the chil­dren have learn­ing dis­abil­i­ties, and they need tu­tor­ing help. Kitchen sup­plies like dishes, sil­ver­ware and glasses would be ap­pre­ci­ated by the mom who is al­ways cook­ing for her fam­ily.

Gift cards for gro­ceries, gas and maybe a treat like a trip to a res-

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