Everyday the Community Settlement Association works toward the development of a self-sufficient and collaborative community in Riverside. This vital work could not be done without the generous contributions of our supporters.
We provide a food pantry, social services support, workshops, education, after school programs, and so much more. Our family services are holistic, providing resources for the family, adults and children.
After serving the community for over 100 years, our services have been known to support generations of families. Read on to learn more about a family who has grown with CSA for many years.
The Anaya family's journey from Mexican immigrants in Riverside to active contributors to their Eastside community was a testament to the strength of family bonds, hard work, and the transformative power of community resources.
Adrian, the eldest sibling of three brothers and two sisters, felt the weight of responsibility on his shoulders. His parents, toiling away to make ends meet, instilled in him a set of values that became the guiding principles of the Anaya household. In the face of challenges like high crime rates, gang activity, and homelessness in their Eastside neighborhood, the Anaya family stood strong, emphasizing hard work, family support, respect for elders, loyalty, hospitality, generosity, solidarity, and honor.
Adrian's positive outlook on growing up in the Eastside neighborhood stemmed from seeing a community of proud and caring individuals striving for positive change. Determined to make his family proud, Adrian was focused on success, both for himself and for the generations that would follow.
Julia, Adrian's mother, discovered the Community Settlement House, a beacon of hope in their neighborhood. The center, with programs ranging from family guidance services to food assistance and bilingual social services, caught Julia's attention. Eager to contribute, she became a volunteer with the Residents of Eastside Active in Leadership (REAL) group, working towards creating a clean, safe, healthy, and multicultural neighborhood.
Julia's involvement in the community also opened doors for Adrian. Enrolling him in the Bettering Every Student for Tomorrow (B.E.S.T.) program, Julia provided Adrian with opportunities for free tutoring, character-building activities, and civic engagement. Adrian flourished in the program, improving his academic skills and gaining exposure to various projects in science and arts.
As a young adult, Adrian's potential seemed limitless. Inspired by the Community Settlement Association's impact on his life, he applied for a position at their Food Pantry. Now, as the CSA Food Pantry Assistant, Adrian is not just an employee but a symbol of the positive change that can happen when communities come together.
Adrian's aspirations extend beyond his current role. He dreams of opening his own food truck business, specializing in traditional Mexican dishes like rice and chicken mole. His brother, inspired by the supportive community, is on the path to becoming a social worker, aiming to help those struggling with addictive behaviors and mental health conditions.
The Anaya family's story is one of resilience, empowerment, and upward mobility. Julia smiles with pride, knowing that the Community Settlement Association played a pivotal role in transforming her family's life for the better. The Anayas, once newcomers facing adversity, are now active contributors, creating a ripple effect of positive change in their Eastside community.
We appreciate your generous support. It will be put to work immediately to create lasting change.
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