The family is one of a growing number of Honduran immigrants with mixed immigration status who could be split by deportation or return together to a country that no longer feels like home. About 3,000 Hondurans in New York City are under Temporary Protection Status (TPS), a protection from deportation that allows immigrants to work in the U.S. after a natural disaster or armed conflict, according to city data.
H.A.N.D.S. opened in 2008, as a result of the efforts of St. Jerome’s late pastor, Father John Grange, and the Sisters of St. Jerome congregation. The center serves as a safe space for hundreds of immigrant families from the neighborhood.