Life without limits or boundaries
Cares Foundation, Inc.
Charitable Organization in Sarasota, Florida
Causes: Education, Educational Services, Emergency Assistance, Margie and Couple Counseling, Child Counseling, Immigration, and adaptation.
The standard account of American immigration focuses on the acculturation and assimilation of immigrants and their children to American society.
The lives of most immigrants are a dialectic between the memories of the world left behind and the day-to-day struggles of learning the ropes of a new society. Mastering a new language, living and working among strangers, and coping with the unfamiliar are only some of the challenges faced by immigrants. It is no wonder that nostalgia has a strong grip on the cultural pursuits of immigrants. Immigrant communities generally find comfort in familiar religious traditions and rituals, seek out newspapers and literature from the homeland, and celebrate holidays and special occasions with traditional music, dance, cuisine, and leisure-time pursuits.
Even immigrants who have lived in the United States for a long time and who appear to have adopted the American lifestyle may continue to maintain strong identification with, and hold the values of, their culture of origin. This has important implications for providing psychological services to this population. The process of integrating the social and cultural values, ideas, beliefs, and behavioral patterns of the culture of origin with those of the new culture can lead to acculturative stress if they conflict.
Family acculturation gaps extend across a variety of parent–child relationships, and immigrant parents and children increasingly live in different cultural worlds. Because immigrant parents are immersed primarily in one cultural context and their children in another, they often know little of their children’s lives outside the home. For immigrant children, it can be difficult to live with the expectations and demands of one culture in the home and another at school. Children may not turn to their parents with problems and concerns, believing their parents do not know the culture and its institutions well enough to provide them with good advice or assistance. It is important for social improvement immigrations life.
As immigrants negotiate their identities in a new cultural environment and find ways to cope with immigration-related stress, they may experience increasing family tensions. Intergenerational conflicts are common in immigrant households, reflective of an acculturation gap between parents and children and spouses and partners. Some manifestations of these conflicts are verbal arguments between parents and children regarding friendships, dating, marriage and career choices and between spouses about gender role expectations.
In some cases, second-generation children and adolescents experience role reversal, translating for their parents from their native language to English or helping their parents and/or grandparents navigate mainstream culture. Many older immigrants, particularly those who immigrate late in life and have limited English proficiency, experience loneliness and isolation. They may also have difficulties in navigating a cultural context in which they are no longer revered or sought out as respected elders by family and younger members of their communities.
The immigration process can cause a variety of psychological problems related to:
negotiating loss and separation from country of origin, family members and familiar customs and traditions; exposure to a new physical environment; and the need to navigate unfamiliar cultural experiences.
These problems, including stress, may be acute for first-generation immigrants emigrating from countries in which the social and cultural setting contrasts sharply with that of the United States.
The following factors have been associated with psychological well-being:
— family cohesion
— support from extended family
— positive ethnic identity
— a sense of belonging and involvement with one’s ethnic community.
In our program we provide all of them with higher quality.
The mission for Cares Foundation to improve daily life for immigrations families. To help them be more successful in America and build strong parent–child relationships.
Target demographics: Immigrants and their children
Geographic areas served: Sarasota, Bradenton, North Port counties, Florida
Programs: Cares Foundation currently has three programs in place. Firstly, family cohesion with psychological support Secondly, kids with disability Assistant Program, the third program is family social assistance: reuniting with family members, searching for work, the need for humanitarian protection