April 25, 2015
By Kristi Anderson
Twelve-year-old Dennise Rodriguez-Aviles dreams of becoming a teacher or social worker to help orphan children. Her parents, immigrants from Mexico, own a small grocery store in Cold Spring where they work long hours to give their three daughters more educational opportunities.
The sixth-grader at St. Boniface School in Cold Spring was one of three Latinos who shared their stories before a group of about 250 April 25 at St. Mary’s Cathedral in St. Cloud during an event called “Inspiring Hope: Celebrating our Community.”
Organizers invited area legislators and the public to pray together and listen to testimonies from immigrants. The goal was to help attendees get to know about the lives of immigrants and refugees living in the area and highlight the need for comprehensive immigration reform.