Call 4 Action: Donna Family Desperate for Work
Sun, 24 Jul 2011 03:54:35 GMT — Alma Gutierrez can't move much around her Donna home, since doctors removed part of her colon. During her month-long stay at the hospital, Gutierrez's husband took care of her. He lost his job as a result. "He's been looking for a job, but right now it's just so hard to find a job," Gutierrez said. " We're really having a hard time after this." Gutierrez's biggest worry is her five children. She said with school starting soon, she and her husband are panicking. They're unsure how they will buy them clothes, shoes and school supplies. "As a parent, you're always fighting to give your children the very best," Gutierrez said. "We won't give up looking for that and somehow, we'll find a way to provide for them." Pat Hobbs, executive director of Cameron Workforce Solutions, said the Gutierrez family is not alone in its struggles. Willacy, Hidalgo and Starr Counties rank highest in the state with an unemployment rate of 13.4 percent. Cameron County comes next at a 12.9 percent unemployment rate. Hobbs said lack of education creates part of this problem. Alma Gutierrez won't be able to work for some time. Currently, the responsibility to keep her family afloat, bears only on her husband. "He's willing to work," she said. "If someone out there wants to offer him a job, he's ready and willing to work." To help the Gutierrez family, email Action 4 News reporter Daisy Martinez, firstname.lastname@example.org.