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A Reason for Running

Posted on July 11, 2019 by Catholic Charities Admin  |  Share

A Refugee from Venezuela Gears up for the Upcoming NYC Marathon 

Raul Asencion shares his story and why he is running the NYC marathon.

I am 46 years old and from Venezuela. I have three children: Raul Alejandro and Carlos Raul who are 20 year old twins and Raul Enrique who is 19 years old. I am a Day Laborer and work in construction. I am a member of Obreros Unidos de Yonkers with the Day Laborer Program. Thanks to this program, I receive Occupational Safety and Health Administration certificate of 10 hours and 30 hours and now I have a permanent job in construction.

All my life, I have wanted to participate in a Marathon and I saw this opportunity to be part of the Catholic Charities team. I had some experience when I was in Caracas by participating in short races. Now, I am training 4 days a week for 2 hours at Van Cortland Park and I also go to the gym 2 times a week to keep myself in good physical condition.

Catholic Charities will help make my dream come true and will allow me to contribute to the community through my participation to this organization that opens doors and helps many Day Laborers, vulnerable families, and the community. Catholic Charities helps us to empower ourselves and show solidarity by providing great services.

If you would like to donate or help support Raul, please click here.