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Please let us know if you want childcare; specify ages of children. To volunteer or to R.S.V.P., Homeless in Austin No money. No friends. Nowhere to go. Several hundred Austin homeless over the last two years have found their way to Casa Marianella an emergency shelter for Central American refugees and other homeless people Maria Luisa left home at the age of 58 to escape the war and violence in her homeland, El Salvador. While she was trying to find her way to safety, an unscrupulous coyote injured her, and she nearly lost one of her legs from the ensuing infection. Concerned refugee workers in the Valley sent her to Casa Marianella. Maria Luisa spent six months with us, recuperating, recovering most of the use of her legs. Last year she joined relatives in Florida. Armando just wanted to get home to Mexico so he could present his newborn baby for baptism. Trying to jump a freight train, he fell under the wheels and lost both his legs. When Brackenridge Hospital and the Mexican consul asked Casa Marianella to take him in, we renovated the house to make it barrier-free for wheelchairs. Local churches and volunteer workers joined hands to get the work done in one weekend. Armando’s mother, wife and baby have come to live in the Casa and help during his convalescence. Two examples from the many. Please help us celebrate two years of Austin-style solidarity and compassion. Third Annual Casa Marianella Fundraising Banquet Distinguished speaker to be announced at a later date Thursday, November 19, 1987, 6:30 p.m. Fellowship Hall, First Baptist Church, 901 Trinity, Austin Admission: $18 per person in advance, $20 at the door \(but we urgently need larger conreduced. Children will be admitted free. Send checks to: Casa Marianella 821 Gunter St. Austin, TX 78702 THE TEXAS OBSERVER 9