Floriza Genautis was a new college graduate and thought she had the world by the tail. Then her mother said, “You’re coming to America.” It was months of adjustment, countless hours of practicing English, and years of hard work before she could finally say she belonged. Today, she is a soccer mom, business owner, and community volunteer in West Michigan. Does she fit in now? Check out her interview to see!
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Dante Villarreal was born in Brownsville, TX, but had to wait several years before his family got visas to enter the United States from Mexico. As migrant farmworkers, the Villarreal family followed the farm crops from Florida, working their way north to Michigan and conclude the harvest season picking apples. In the process, he fell in love with the Great Lake State and settled here, becoming a business consultant, horseman, and community advocate in the process.