Meet Season for Caring partner agency: Care Communities

Rosabla Martínez-López hold her granddaughter Sofia Guerrero Mondragón as her daughter Kimberley Mondragón-Martínez looks on during their visit at the Hospice Austin's Christopher House. Rosalba Martínez-López, who has stage IV cervical cancer. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Rosabla Martínez-López hold her granddaughter Sofia Guerrero Mondragón as her daughter Kimberley Mondragón-Martínez looks on during their visit at the Hospice Austin’s Christopher House. Rosalba Martínez-López, who has stage IV cervical cancer.
RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families. Care Communities has been in the program for many years.

Care Communities provides free non-medical practical and emotional support to those living with cancer or HIV in the greater Central Texas area.  Care Communities recruits and trains volunteers to provide this support.

This year, Care Communities nominated Rosalba Martínez-López. She is a single mom of four children ages 21 to 13, plus a 1-year-old granddaughter. Martínez-López has stage IV cervical cancer and was given six months to live in June. She worries about what will happen to her children after she is gone. Read more about this family here .

Their wish list:

A trailer for them to live in, or help with rent for an apartment; college scholarships for the four children; an attorney to help with will and guardianship; cellphone service for the children; laptops for the children; a gently used car, car insurance and car seat; a caretaker for Rosalba while children are at school; transportation for Alex and Kimberley to get to and from school; child care for Amy’s baby; help with tuition for ACC classes; bus passes for Ana to get to Austin Community College classes; beds for the three children living with Rosalba; queen bed for Rosalba; bed sheets, duvet covers and pillows; gift cards to a furniture store; new Nike Air Max shoes and a new volleyball for Kimberley, who plays sports; tennis shoes for Alex, who is on the football team; a tablet for Rosalba; a printer for homework; gift cards to H-E-B, Wal-Mart and Target; diapers for Sofia; 6-9 month baby girl clothes; clothing for Ana, women’s size small and women’s size 6 1/2 shoes; clothing for Amy, women’s size medium and women’s size 10 shoes; clothing for Kimberley, women’s size small and women’s size 7 shoes; clothing for Rosalba, women’s size medium and women’s size 7 1/2 shoes; and clothing for Alex, men’s size medium and men’s size 11 shoes.

To find out more about Care Communities or to give an item on the family’s wish list, contact the agency at 314 E. Highland Mall Blvd. No. 495. 512-459-5883, carecommunities.org

To give a monetary donation, go to the donation page at statesman.com/seasonforcaring.