Maria Barroso is a RISE AmeriCorps Member serving with Iowa Spanish helpline (Línea de Ayuda en Iowa).
Maria immigrated to the United States from Mexico in 1991. She learned English, graduated from high school, and worked. During the 2020-2021 service term, Maria served as a RISE AmeriCorps Member with Young Parents Network.
Maria is committed to supporting immigrants and refugees who come to the U.S. and struggle to find a job, housing, education, childcare, or medical assistance.
“These are the people who need more of our support. So this is why I say thank you, AmeriCorps, for giving me the opportunity to help others.”
In the future, Maria hopes to return to school to study mental health first aid.