The Rob Benzon Foundation came to the aid of a member of the San Diego LGBT community working in the U.S. on a temporary work authorization. Francisco is a high school Spanish teacher who is very well-liked by his students and peers. He has worked with LGBTQ kids, including offering much support to a member of the transgender community that has just started to transition. Due to a delay by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (the government agency that oversees lawful immigration to the United States), he was removed from his teaching position, because of this delay in the approval process. This grant helped Francisco with housing expenses until his work authorization was reinstated.
Grant made February 2016