Benita is a refugee from Africa who moved to the US when she was just eight years old. She lives with her mother, who is unable to speak or care for herself due to a stroke, and an aunt was is also disabled and speaks no English. When she first met her CIS Project Manager, Ms. Olivarez, Benita seemed very depressed and quiet. She wore the same things everyday. Ms. Olivarez was able to get her new shoes, donated from Payless, and found a teacher to sponsor her for Christmas.

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