Over the years, she’s watched as people started taking more care to make the outside of their homes look nice.
She sees people out cleaning the streets and sidewalks in the morning.
New trees have been planted and street lights installed.
And she’s watched the daily progress as new businesses have opened and thrived.
Now, she’s not the only one walking, she says. The sidewalks are full of people, especially on First Fridays.
“York is growing,” she says. “It’s beautiful.”
Catalina loves York.
She says she’s been met with kindness since the day she moved here. Her children, the reason she moved to America, have thrived here. Her voice shines with pride as she describes their academic and musical accomplishments. A similar pride comes through when she talks about York.
This is her community.
Sometimes, she thinks about what would happen if she had to go back to Mexico.
She just doesn’t think of it as her home anymore.
“York is my home,” she says.