Santa Fe Dreamers Project – The New American Dreamers.
Photo and interview by Kerry Sherck
Since I was a little girl I always dreamed of owning a home because we constantly moved. I hated moving. I didn’t want to do that. I wanted something stable for my kiddos and I just wanted to settle down.
Now I’m a home purchase advisor and I meet with clients to talk to them about their financial picture, and their goals, and how they want to get into a home. It’s a really rewarding job to help families achieve the dream of home ownership, and also get them into a future financial investment. Families can become financially and emotionally stable through home ownership, and have a sense of community.
Once you are more engaged and involved in your community, you start growing these roots. So now you are concerned about the community and you don’t throw the trash on the side of the road. Or you recycle more because this cohesiveness starts. I think it’s super important for a community to grow like that and have those roots and values instilled in children and families.
I love that I can help clients and give them hope. I’ve faced all kinds of adverse situations so I’m like, ok, let’s look at the positive side of it. It’s worked for me, so I try to do that for my clients.
— Mayte, 32
The New American Dreamers highlights the stories of some of the incredible Dreamers in our community. Created by photographers Sylvia Johnson and Kerry Sherck, and produced in partnership with the Santa Fe Dreamers Project, The New American Dreamers is a positive reframe of who many of the immigrants living in our community are. Their stories reflect the dreams, hopes, challenges, and ambitions that are inherent to all of us as human beings. In the context of such a toxic narrative currently being perpetuated about immigrants in this country, our goal with this project is to flip the perspective through stories of incredible Dreamers who are our friends, clients, and neighbors.
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