Osmin came to America in 1989 from his home country of El Salvador. He was born on a farm where he had seven siblings: four sisters and three brothers. Because he came from a poor family, Osmin had to leave school at age ten to work on the farm. He helped grow rice, corn, beans and lumber. Hard work has always meant a lot to Osmin and he especially loves to work outside. He misses landscaping every day but hopes he will be able to work again as soon as he can.
Osmin left El Salvador in 1989 looking for a job. His long life journey took him north to California, then to Utah and Wyoming. In Wyoming, he saved up the $285 for a one-way bus ticket to Iowa and it has been his home ever since. Unfortunately, he hasn’t be able to reach his family in El Salvador for five years, which has been hard for him, but he's been supported by his “framily” here at YSHC!
Osmin’s faith means a lot to them. He has read the bible every single day since 1968! He is still looking for a bilingual Iowa faith community but hopes to find one soon.
He says he likes the YMCA Supportive Housing Campus because the Y is “helping me find my life story”. Osmin is quiet and likes to work for fun — he loves doing maintenance work for YSHC whenever he can. He likes community dinners and loves to get outside to work on the grounds at YSHC!