One Family’s Journey
Calistoga residents Epifanio and Maria dreamt of providing their children, Lupita, Oscar, and Asusena, with the opportunities that they never had themselves. As immigrants from Mexico, they’ve faced many barriers to making that dream a reality.
Epifanio and Maria describe that the “turning point” was when they first sought assistance from UpValley Family Centers in 2017 to renew their green cards. It was then that they learned about the different services available, including support through the citizenship process and free tax preparation.
The family center helped the couple become US citizens in 2020. They have returned each year to file their taxes and used that opportunity to revisit their financial goals, which include investing and saving for their children’s educational aspirations and helping them to become successful young adults. Their oldest is now attending University and they helped her buy her first car.
Epifanio shares, “I really appreciate the time and patience provided by the center’s staff. They have helped me understand my financial opportunities and the importance of saving for my children’s education. We want to show our children that not only are we saving, but we are investing in creating opportunities for their future in any way that we can.”
Success Stories like Epifanio and Maria’s are made possible thanks to the generous support from Wells Fargo, Napa Valley Community Foundation, Napa Valley Vintners, Redwood Credit Union, and United Way of the Bay Area. To learn more about our Economic Success programs, including VITA and Financial Coaching, please call (707) 965-5010.