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Meet Andrija and Dusanka


In 1990 Andrija and Dusanka arrived in the United States as immigrants from Croatia. Shortly after arriving in Cleveland, Dusanka gave birth to their daughter. They settled here in Cleveland and Andrija took on several jobs to provide for his family. They built a secure and happy life and other family members  soon followed them to Cleveland.

However, about eight months ago at the age of 39, Andrija’s life changed dramatically when he suffered a severe stroke. He was unable to walk, talk or care for himself. Their future was uncertain, but Dusanka and Andrija’s faith sustained them.
They applied for the HOME choice program and New Avenues helped find them safe, affordable housing. They also needed essential items which they were unable to afford. Funds from the New Avenues Emergency Assistance Project were used to purchase a bed frame and other household goods. Andrija said the people here have open hearts to do this for a stranger. He and his wife are so grateful for the assistance provided through the Emergency Assistance Project.