Georgina Yalina Calkins, Administrative Assistant

Georgina Yalina Calkins, Administrative Assistant

Adela is a 78-year-old Nicaraguan woman who spoke very little English when she arrived at Catholic Charities Refugee & Immigrant Services San Francisco. She came to the program interested in the naturalization process so she could petition for her married sons and daughters. Despite having perfect cognitive skills, her advanced age prevented her from learning a new language. Unfortunately, a disability waver could not be obtained on that basis. Adela tried her best to prepare for the naturalization test. Although she had no confidence that she would pass, given her limited knowledge of the English language, staff members at Catholic Charities accompanied her to the interview, ready to give her moral support and encouragement. Through Adela’s tenacity and motivation to help her children, she was able to convey her enthusiasm for becoming a citizen to the US Citizenship and Immigration Services officer. In the end, she passed the test and Catholic Charities staff was standing by to celebrate with her in the joy of becoming a new American citizen.

What I love about my job is to see the happiness on our clients’ faces when they receive the news that their case was approved. I am honored to be part of our clients’ happiness and see the result of our team’s hard work and dedication.
— Georgina Yalina Calkins, Administrative Assistant
 

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