Raymundo and his new bride of two years came to San Angelo just a few weeks ago to look for work. They are staying with his cousin for now in a very small house. Prior to coming to San Angelo, they had lived on the streets in the Midland/Odessa area for over two years after losing his job in the oil fields. Unemployed and homeless, this family has been through the ringer.
Raymundo has spent time in Rivercrest hospital for severe depression coupled with suicidal tendencies. He is fine when he has his medications but when he does not have the money to renew his prescriptions, it gets a bit worrisome. I suggested that when this happens, he should visit Project Dignidad and Catholic Charities for financial help. Both of these charities give money for prescription medications.
His wife has sought counseling after her previous husband was murdered right in front of her. Raymundo does his best to help her through the rough days. Their love for each other has seen them through some very tough times.
Raymundo proudly pushes out his chest when he talks about his son who has served in the Armed Forces for over 14 years. The two of them wore a smile on their faces for the entire time they visited with us at The Ministerial Alliance on January 21, 2016. They found some well-fitting shirts, a jacket and much-needed personal toiletry items. Both of them got a free haircut, after which you would have thought they won the lottery. Exuberant over her new hair style, Raymundo’s wife was taking selfies (before and after) and showing them to everyone who would stop to look.
Raymundo has run into problems accepting employment in San Angelo because he does not have transportation. Raymundo told me he didn’t realize how much San Angelo has grown since he was here a decade or so ago. All of the employers who were ready to hire him want him to be at work before the buses start running in the morning. This is tragic. Right now, he is at an impasse but continuing to look for work that is within walking distance from where he is currently living.