"Erie Neighborhood House became the key for me to open the door to the other side. I’m now able to be part of a more vibrant society."
When David Tolen-Xolot came to the United States from Mexico in 1998, he encountered more than his share of challenges. He credits the English classes he took at Erie House for empowering him to realize the dreams that brought him across the border.
In addition, David became an advocate for justice. "I learned to speak up for myself and for those who do not know how to defend themselves,” he explains.
He now serves on the board of directors at Erie House, facilitates a language exchange group, and in 2015 was named a Caesar Chavez Day Community Hero by the Marguerite Casey Foundation. "Erie Neighborhood House became the key for me to open the door to the other side," he says. "I’m now able to be part of a more vibrant society."