Single mom earns U.S. citizenship

Nathalia Batista, a participant in the Single-Parent Program at Mount Dora Children’s Home, received her U.S. citizenship in late 2020 while in the program. Nathalia was one of 84 candidates from 31 countries to earn citizenship at the Central Florida ceremony.

Several staff and friends from Mount Dora attended the stirring and patriotic ceremony with Nathalia and her two children, Isabel and Beatrice. She is shown here with Tonja Rambow, who attended the ceremony.

Earning her U.S. citizenship is just one of the benefits Nathalia has received while in the Single-Parent Program.

"The Single-Parent Program has helped me grow stronger in my faith, pay some past debts, and learn how to build and manage my credit," Nathalia said. "I am blessed to be in this program.

While in the program, Nathalia has worked for Lake County Schools as an ESOL teacher assistant, Now that she's a U.S. citizen, she hopes to soon be able to become a full-time teacher.
"Now I’m one step away in becoming a teacher," Nathalia said. "I’m studying to take the Florida Teacher Subject Area Exam. After passing it, I (can apply for) a teaching position."
We're so proud of Nathalia and her accomplishments!