Instructor balances work with fatherhood
By Jim La May, President/CEO
I want to thank all the parents at ACBVI.
Donor like you, our clients, and staff are doing so much to turn COVID-19 into something positive for our community. And parents like Fernando Tarazon are doing this work while taking care of their kids!
Fernando teaches basic living and job skills at ACBVI. For months, that’s meant assisting our clients via teleconference from his living room.
But that’s also where his 8-year-old son, PaulAntonio, practices piano. And where 5-year-old Jorge works on his ABCs. And of course, boys at these ages are always angels!
"Sometimes everything happens all at once. But you have to be patient with kids."
Fernando’s clients have gotten more insight into his home life lately – especially since his wife went back to work. But Fernando says he loves the chance to teach his clients while spending more time with his boys.
Family is so important to Fernando. You can hear it in the caring way he talks with his sons and in how he misses his extended family in Mexico.
COVID-19 has meant that he hasn’t been able to visit his larger family since February. They supported him when he began going blind at age 7 and in earning his degree in rehabilitation therapy at the University of Arizona.
He hopes they can see each other again ... very soon.
I’m grateful to have dedicated parents and instructors like Fernando on staff. And for special people, like you, who continue to support our life-saving work.
COVID-19 has pushed us to offer more programs online – creating opportunities to reach more Arizonans in rural areas. Will you please make a generous gift today to help more people with vision loss? Thank you!
About The Author
Jon Williams is the Fund Development Officer at ACBVI. He has over 25 years of professional non-profit experience in development, fundraising, volunteer and event management with national non-profits including the American Cancer Society, the American Diabetes Association, and three member food banks in the Feeding America network, including his last position as Development Manager with United Food Bank in Mesa. Originally from South Bend, IN and a graduate of Ball State University, Jon has devoted his career in giving back to the community and providing assistance to those underserved populations needing help. A resident of Chandler, Jon enjoys the Arizona lifestyle along with traveling near and far, a great live concert or an exciting sports game!