Juan Alvarenga came from Honduras with the same dream of any immigrant—he wanted to make a better life for his daughters. Once in the United States, he started his own business doing what he knew best—repairing shoes.
I am a holocaust survivor. I was born in Poland into an affluent family. My father was a lawyer and my mother came from a family of landowners and philanthropists. It came to a sudden end when the Germans occupied Poland. In one day we lost everything. My parents, sister and I survived the war with Catholic papers. Each day we did not know if we would survive the day.
Marina Merlin came to the US in 1992. She left her engineering job and her country because she was done with the humiliation of being a Jew in the Soviet Union. She did not want her kids to face a future filled with the discrimination that she experienced every day.