Marivic Danino Grijalva delivers food to residents at the MonteCedro Retirement Community in Altadena where she works in the dining department and since the pandemic started, has been in charge of bringing meals to the resident's rooms.
Working there has shaped the way she reacted to the COVID-19 pandemic. They had a scare with one employee testing positive and she felt this great responsibility because to her its a blessing to have a job which provides for her family. ''If we are not willing to sacrifice our social lives for the sake of our residents, its just so selfish, their lives literally depend on us.''
Grijalva, 24, works in the dinning department at the nursing home. Her mother was a single parent and went to the USA looking for better life leaving Marivic and her two siblings in Mexico with their aunt. After a year, her younger sister joined her mother and a year later Marivic was able to join her as well. During the time she lived with her aunt in Mexico, Marivic and her siblings were physically abused. When she made it to her mother's in California, she was forced to live with her aunt who had abused her for two years. At the age of 16 she had to leave home because she couldn't take the physical, emotional and psychological abuse that was happening within her family. She became pregnant of her boyfriend and went to live with her in-laws. Her mother and siblings all moved back to Mexico and left her alone. Marivic's ex also abused her and she felt completely trapped with a little baby and no papers to survive on her own. She had suicidal thoughts but kept going for her baby. When Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) passed and Marivic got her papers, the first thing she did was to get her driver's license and kick her ex out of her life. To Marivic, DACA gave her the freedom to survive on her own. She now lives with her husband and two kids.