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Volunteer Donates New Bike to Resident

Josh can get plenty of mileage out of Marivel Escatel’s unique and generous donation.

Marivel recently discovered Little City for the first time when she took the opportunity to volunteer as part of Liberty Mutual’s “Serve with Liberty” day that allows employees to give back to the community.

Marivel initially chose Little City because of the mission, but she didn’t know the experience would have such a profound impact on her. She spent the day cleaning and beautifying campus areas for more than four hours along with Josh and other residents and left that day knowing she wanted to do more.

“The staff was incredible and the residents really made a huge impact on me personally,” Marivel said. “Josh was there the entire time with us and he is just an incredible person. He really inspired me.”

The emotion is clear as Marivel recounts her first meeting with Josh. That meeting left such an impression that she went above and beyond and decided to give Josh what he would love the most – a new bike.

Josh spends most days riding his bike around campus and delivering mail when needed, but his bike no longer worked and he had been using another resident’s bike to get by. On July 20, that all changed. Marivel and her 7-year-old son met Josh at Target and purchased him a new bike and shoes for all the pedaling he planned on doing. After a test drive down the aisle, Josh knew it was the perfect bike for him.

Marivel said the experience was not only great for her, but for her son who learned more about the importance of giving back and helping people. By the time her son left the store with her, he was asking if they could see Josh again and Marivel said there is no doubt she would be coming back to Little City to continue to help any way she can.

“This is really about Josh and how incredible of a guy he is,” Marivel said. “You will definitely see my son and me around Little City in the future.”

“Little City uses an affirming message – that it’s a good world, there’s a place for my kids in the world and Little City will help them find it.”

Rachel, mother of children receiving home-based support services