Ever since he moved to Dubuque, Rahim has exemplified the idea of public service. This has especially been true since the outbreak of COVID-19, even as the virus has impacted his ability to work and live in the U.S.
The single mother of six children, the COVID-19 pandemic has not been easy for Marlynn. But when the crisis made its way to Dubuque, and to Marlynn's own Marshallese family and friends, she stepped forward to help build a healthier and safer community.
Jakyra was working hard and thriving before COVID-19 hit. But over the next few months her life changed, as she became not only a student, but also an essential worker and a local leader for social change.
Even while stuck inside his home as a result of the pandemic, Mauricio has still stayed active in the community. Now he helps coordinate desperately needed deliveries of food, supplies, and information to families from his native Guatemala.
As the Social Worker for the Pacific Islander Health Project at Crescent Community Health Center, Suzie has been in the fight against COVID-19 since before Dubuque's first confirmed case.
Yara was always proud of being fluent in both Spanish and English. But the COVID-19 outbreak showed her how vitally important those skills could be for people in her community.
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When Whitney first thought up the idea for Project Rooted - a nonprofit dedicated to giving all children access to nutrition, fresh, and local food - she had no idea the role she would play fighting hunger during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The COVID-19 outbreak has hit students hard, but Khalea is not only working to help them through this crisis, but also to make the Dubuque school system more representative and welcoming.
When Mariah saw the impact the COVID-19 outbreak was having on her students at Jefferson School, she did what she always does when faced with a new and unfair environment: She poured herself into bringing about change.
When Nathan, a 45-year-old Hills & Dales client on the autism spectrum, was diagnosed with COVID-19, Alan made a commitment to stay with Nathan throughout his quarantine. They were isolated together for 36 days.
While Trini had to work hard to bring Spanish immersion to her students through online learning, the biggest challenge COVID-19 threw at her was the need to make sure there would be enough teachers at Holy Family Schools for language classes to return in the fall.
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For Corey and Rio, the COVID-19 outbreak posed a serious threat to the survival of their new nonprofit organization, Key City Pride. They responded by redoubling their efforts and working to unify Dubuque in the face of this crisis.
Paradise Church is usually a gathering place and a center of community for the Marshallese in Dubuque. But when COVID-19 hit, Pastor Stan shifted focus to provide quarantine facilities for those in need.