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Andrea Rivas

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Andrea Rivas Iraheta connects with newly arrived immigrant youth

Posted: April 12, 2022

A case worker helps young people connect to education and employment, build community, and pursue their goals.  

Client Story

Field Trips for Immigrant Youth

Posted: April 12, 2022

Immigrant youth learn the basics of rock climbing thanks to our community partners.

Axel Flores

Client Story

Volunteer Tax Experts Help Immigrants Access over $1 Million in Returns

Posted: March 17, 2022

The team at Canal Alliance provides one-on-one support, helping immigrants overcome barriers and access their tax returns.

Timoteo Vasquez-Mendez standing next to a creek.

Client Story

A young person’s path to citizenship

Posted: February 15, 2022

Timoteo Vasquez-Mendez left his home in Guatemala, fleeing difficult conditions in his country, and traveled to the United States in search of a better future. He was stopped by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) as he tried to cross the border then sent to a detention center in New York, then released to stay with his uncle Jesus Vasquez in San Rafael. He was 17 years old.   

Francisco Gomez, entrepreneur and successful small business owner

Client Story

Meet Francisco Gomez: entrepreneur and successful small business owner 

Posted: November 4, 2021

What does it take to launch a successful small business during a pandemic? For Francisco Gomez, it required hard work, careful planning, and the application of practical skills acquired through the Workforce Program. We caught up with this busy entrepreneur to learn about his journey, over eight years in the United States, and his plans to grow F.G. Window Cleaning.

Jhovanny, Workforce Development graduate

Client Story

Workforce Development graduate builds a career in construction

Posted: July 22, 2021

Jhovanny, a Workforce Development graduate says he “advanced five years in my career by taking the three-month Construction Classes”

Voces del Canal

Client Story

Community impact of Voces del Canal

Posted: May 12, 2021

Voces del Canal is a coalition of resident leaders and Latino immigrants from the Canal Neighborhood of San Rafael who came together in 2014 to lead an unprecedented community-driven research project alongside the leadership of Canal Alliance and Dominican University to identify the biggest challenges facing the Canal community. In conducting this research project and survey, residents wanted to affirm their role as authentic, local experts and give power to the collective experiences of Canal residents who shared their personal stories, opinions, and vision for a stronger and safer Canal.  

Nadia's Dessert

Client Story

Overcoming entrepreneurial obstacles during the pandemic

Posted: May 12, 2021

Nadia Montoya learned about Canal Alliance’s Construyendo Mi Negocio (“Building My Business”) class from friends. “It was the perfect place to receive support to start my own business,” Nadia remarked. She is now one year into the development of Nadia’s Dessert, a bakery offering organic, wheat-free, and vegan products with minimal sugar.

Now, she plans to open her own bakery with the knowledge she acquired through Canal Alliance. 

Guadalupe Pantoja and Arandu Alvarez

Client Story

A friendship forged in construction class

Posted: February 4, 2021

Starting over in a new country is tough, especially without the support and camaraderie of friendship. Besides being in a wholly different place with unfamiliar food, customs, and culture, it can feel lonely without someone to share these new experiences with. Read the story of two friends who deepened their friendship through participating in our Workforce Development Program’s construction certification course.

Woman in a mask

Client Story

Providing financial relief

Posted: January 20, 2021

In Spring 2020, Canal Alliance established a Financial Assistance program as part of our organizational response to the pandemic and its devastating impact on Marin’s Latino immigrant community. Since the start of the program, more than $2.5 million has been raised from individual donors, foundations, and corporations, all of which has been distributed as direct cash assistance to over 4,000 individuals and families.

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