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Ascentria Care Alliance provides services for a variety of clients: from refugees to teen moms, and foster care youth to older adults, Ascentria strives to provide wraparound services for all vulnerable individuals.

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Juan Arnaldo


When Bee and her three-year-old daughter arrived at the Florence House in June of 2018 she was facing many difficult challenges. Today, with the support of the Florence House staff, she has worked through the problems that brought her to the teen parenting program.

She has found her strength, and has made significant progress toward a better future for herself and her wonderful daughter.
Bee is currently in her second year at Quinsigamond Community College, where she plans to get her Associates degree in criminal justice before transferring to a four-year college to obtain a Bachelor’s degree. Bee’s goal is to work with juveniles and parolees in the criminal justice system.
Now twenty years old, Bee is thankful for the guidance she receives from her case manager Michelle, who has supported her through her ups and downs. Michelle says of Bee, “I have watched this young woman gain confidence, take charge of her life, set goals, and build a strong foundation for her future. She is truly resilient and resourceful!”


Tyler faced many challenges at a young age, but he has grown to be a remarkable young man.

Since the age of five, Tyler was in and out of foster care. His parents could not care for him and his twin brother. By nine, he found his way to Ascentria and a program that gave him the support and stability he needed, and later, the loving family for which he yearned.
Now 23 years old, Tyler’s self-confidence and determination continue to propel him forward. He completed high school and is studying Social Work in college.

He wants to “pay it forward” and help other children in the foster care system. Currently working for the May Institute, Tyler loves mentoring young children.

He is grateful to the foster care system as an adult and brings a unique perspective to his work.

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At the age of 15, Juan Arnaldo left Guatemala and began a dangerous journey of more than 2,200 miles on foot to Phoenix, AZ. Along the way, he endured threats, fear of arrest in Mexico, and the incredible pain of having lost all of his toenails because his shoes were too tight.

Juan Arnaldo’s journey actually started years earlier. At only eight years old he was thrown out of his parent’s abusive and violent home. Living on the streets and hungry, he worked any odd job available instead of going to school. At night, he slept on buses. Determined to have more, Juan Arnaldo taught himself to read Spanish while selling newspapers.

As he got older, the constant crime and violence he witnessed was unbearable. Fearing for his life, Juan knew he had to leave to survive. He hadn’t planned to head north, but his only hope was to join his older brother somewhere in New York.

Ascentria was there for Juan Arnaldo when he arrived in the US. Committed to learning and self-improvement, he asked for a foster family that only spoke English. He felt lucky to find a good family. His foster dad inspired him to learn mixed martial arts, which helped him build both his physical and mental strength. Juan Arnaldo worked hard to catch up academically and he graduated high school with honors!  Today, he is a senior at Assumption College, graduating in May, 2020. He credits his Ascentria social workers and foster family for guiding and supporting him.

Juan Arnaldo’s childhood experiences shaped his dream to become a police officer and to help protect others. He is majoring in criminology, sociology, and Spanish in college and now plans to pursue a career at the FBI or the Drug Enforcement Administration. First, however, he wants to give back to the country that has given him so much. Now that he is a citizen, Juan Arnaldo plans to enlist in the U.S. Navy and hopes to become an officer.

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Over the years, I’ve been blessed with a number of opportunities to serve. None has been more rewarding than my time with Ascentria. It is not an exaggeration to say that we give ‘new life’ to the people we serve. I am honored to chair the Ascentria Giving Society and to ask for broad and generous support of our important work.

David Forsberg, Ascentria Giving Society Founding Chair

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