Guatemalan Consulate

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One day Nina decided to call up the Guatemalan consulate and see if they would be interested in coming to Phoenixville to service the Guatemalan residence with applying for I.D’s and passports.

“Well Señora Nina we are not sure there is a big enough need for us to make the trip from New York to Phoenixville.” Was their reply

“Trust me,” answered Nina,  ” if you come you will have plenty of people here needing passports and IDs.”

So with that consulate decided to make the trek from New York to Phoenixville to see who would show up for their two day apperancce.

We spread the word to anyone that would want to know. The consulate is coming.  Anytime some one would show up to my office with no ID I would make sure they saved the date to be at the Friendship Fire house to apply for one with the consulate.

So the community was ready, volunteers were enlisted, and the Friendship fire house kindly made the space at their Church St location for the Guatemalan Consulate to arrive.

Still weary that anyone would show up the employees starting setting up a few chairs.  We assured them more chairs were needed and set up a MUCHO MAS!

Saturday August 11th 2013 came and before the sun even rose people were lined up around the building waiting for the consulate to open up for citizens to start applying for passports.  By the time I showed up an hour before they were to open every chair inside the firehouse was taken and the line went around the block.

Over 800 people showed up over the two days  August 11th and 12th! They traveled from all Chester county and surrounding area even as far as New Jersey.   The event albeit tiring was an overwhelming success and such a positive experience.   The consulate was so efficient in processing everyone and it was a sight to be seen.

I stood their for hours making copies of everyone’s documents front and back on a small dinky copier that took for ever and you know what…no one complained.  Although the lines were long and their were hardly seats to sit in the mood was so cheery and the people so friendly.   Even the employees of the Consulate commented on how great everyone was to work with.We at Alinazas were not surprised in the least.

We we know our community here in Phoenixville rocks and we love working with you all.  Thanks for making us proud!

Sincerely Amanda…and all the Alianzas crew.

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