Remaining wishes: Vasquez Olais family

Delilah Olais, 3, kisses her brother Noah, who is now 4 months. Parents Luis Olais, 21, and Keila Vasquez, 19, worry that both their kids may have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which Luis Olais has. JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Delilah Olais, 3, kisses her brother Noah, who is now 5 months. Parents Luis Olais, 21, and Keila Vasquez, 20, worry that both their kids may have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, which Luis Olais has.
JAY JANNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

It’s a new year, and a new start for many of the families featured in Statesman Season for Caring. This week we’re highlighting the progress they have made since we introduced you to them on Nov. 27, and what needs the families still have.

Today, Keila Vasquez, 20, and Luis Olais, 21, and their children Delilah, 3, and Noah, 5 months, are moving into a new apartment with new furniture from Star Furniture, which they picked out last week, and new beds from Factory Mattress.

Delilah and Olais have been diagnosed with a thin-tissue illness called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. The family is waiting to learn whether Noah also has it. The disease causes easy bruising, and it limits the kind of jobs possible for Olais, who works in the kitchen of a barbecue restaurant.

This week their agency SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone), which oversees both Safe Place and the Austin Children’s Shelter and other programs, is talking to Avenue Five Institute about the possibility of Vasquez starting cosmetology school, which has been her dream. 

Many of the items on Vasquez Olais family’s Season for Caring wish list have been met, but they still have some. To help, call SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) at 512-590-3114 or visit safeaustin.org.

  • Financial assistance with rent and utilities.
  • Child care.
  • Kitchen supplies.
  • Gift cards to H-E-B, Target and Walmart.
  • Laptops.
  • Internet service.
  • Financial assistance with medical care.

To help, call SAFE (Stop Abuse For Everyone) at 512-590-3114 or visit safeaustin.org.

To make a financial donation, go to statesman.com/seasonforcaring or send a check to Season for Caring, P.O. Box 50066, Austin, Texas 78763-0066.