Their Stories


Found in Translation

Immigrating to the United States without knowing English is a difficult process many people endure. Originally from Mexico, Guadalupe came to the United States in hopes for a better life and the opportunity to succeed. Although her journey was not easy, Manos de Cristo helped provide her with the resources to acclimate to a new life and to achieve her dreams.


Guadalupe was one of the first students to attended English as a Second Language (ESL) class at Manos’ new, off-site satellite location at Covenant Presbyterian Church. She enrolled in Level 4 ESL class, the highest-level course offered, because she wanted to improve her grammar and practice conversational English in a fun, interactive setting.  Read her story.



Allie, Manos Patient

Allie is a working mother mother of six whose extreme tooth pain forced

her to miss work who was helped by the Manos de Cristo Dental Center.  Read her story.


Neela, Manos Patient

Neela's visit to the Manos de Cristo Dental Center for two root canals uncovered dangerously high blood pressure that required immediate medical attention.Read her story.



Dr. Tom Richardson, Director of Dentistry

Manos de Cristo’s Dental Center treats thousands of patients a year, providing affordable oral healthcare to those without insurance. For those who have grown up having regular dental check-ups, it can be difficult to imagine the health problems that arise without this routine care. Our Center Director, Dr. Richardson, told us about the cases he regularly sees and the patients who are being helped by Manos every day at the Dental Center. Read the interview.



Elena, Manos Student

Elena Morales is one of many in Austin who struggle to provide for their families, even with a job. She is working to get a better paying job at a nursing home, and she turned to Manos for help. Read her story.