Meet Season for Caring partner agency: Foundation Communities

Maricela Garcia cares for her son Raymond Alejandro Martinez-Garcia, 9,  at their apartment. JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Maricela Garcia cares for her son Raymond Alejandro Martinez-Garcia, 9, at their apartment. JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Each year, Season for Caring partners with local nonprofit agencies and invites them to nominated up to three families. Foundation Communities has been with Season for Caring for several years.

Foundation Communities is a local, homegrown nonprofit. It provides affordable homes and free on-site support services for thousands of families with kids, as well as veterans, seniors, and individuals with disabilities. It also provides help securing access to health care, tax preparation and education.

This year, Foundation Communities nominated Maricela Garcia and her son Raymond. Raymond is 9 years old and has Renpenning syndrome, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and autism. Many of his therapies have been cut because of a lack of funding. Garcia works part-time caring for seniors for $8.61 an hour and wants to become a certified nursing assistant so she can get a full-time, better-paying job.  Read more about this family here .

Their wish list:

Financial assistance for child care, health care, rent and utilities; an immigration attorney; tuition to attend certified nursing assistant school; a gently used car, car insurance and driving lessons; iPad for Raymond to use for communication; gift cards to Amazon.com for therapy equipment; sign language tutoring for Maricela and Raymond; private speech, occupational and physical therapy for Raymond; eyeglasses and eye exam for Maricela; Pull-Ups for Raymond to use at school; weighted sensory blanket (Fun and Function or similar); two full beds and bedding; dressers for Maricela and Raymond; desk with filing cabinet and shelving/storage for household items (Kallax unit or similar); pots and pans; toaster; dishes; 8-foot-by-10-foot and 9-foot-by-12-foot rugs for bedroom and living room; gift cards to H-E-B, Target and Wal-Mart; clothing for Maricela (size 14 pants, large tops, size 10 shoes) and Raymond (boys size 8 pants, boys medium shirts, size 3 shoes).

Find out more about Foundation Communities  or give an item on the family’s wish list by contacting the agency at 3036 S. First St. 512-610-7391, foundcom.org.

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