I hope this letter finds you well. I want to share new federal resources with you that will help protect the lives and livelihoods of families during this pandemic.
Restaurants in South Texas are now able to apply for direct relief through the Restaurant Revitalization Fund. The American Rescue Plan Act, which I voted for last month, established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund to provide funding to help eligible businesses keep their doors open. The comeback of our restaurant and hospitality businesses is an important key to a full recovery.
Find a funding guide HERE and a sample application HERE.
In addition, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched a new program that will provide free COVID-19 testing, treatment and vaccines to anyone without health insurance, no matter their immigration status. A Social Security Number and/or government ID may be requested, but is NOT required.
It has never been easier to get a COVID-19 vaccine in Texas. To protect your family, your neighborhood and your community, register HEREto get a vaccine.
With the American Rescue Plan, we are delivering for hard-working families.
Webb County Public Health Facility
On Wednesday, April 28th, I joined public officials and representatives from the state and Webb County to celebrate the opening of a new Public Health Facility in Bruni, TX. This historic facility is made possible by the federal Community Block Grant Program. The $500,000 federal grant, administered by the State of Texas, will provide quicker access to healthcare services and enhance the quality of life for many in o0ur community.
Thank you Commissioner Wawi Tijerina for tirelessly fighting for your rural constituents. Additionally, I'd like to thank the Office of Senator Judith Zaffirini, the Office of State Rep. Tracy O'King, County Judge Tano Tijerina, and the rest of the County for their efforts in ensuring that all residents, regardless of zip code, receive the best possible care.
Pictured is Rep. Cuellar, public officials and representatives from the state and Webb County during the public health facility's ribbon cutting.
John B. Alexander High School Signing Day
On Monday, May 3rd, my Outreach Coordinator for Webb, Zapata, La Salle and McMullen Counties, Melissa Pena, attended John B. Alexander High School's signing day. The award ceremony celebrated eight high school athletes, who have all signed with different colleges and universities across the nation. Congratulations to each student and I hope they continue to excel both academically and athletically at the collegiate level.
Pictured is Melissa Pena, with the eight high school athletes, John B. Alexander coaches and administrators.
Dia Del Nino
On Friday, April 30th, my Outreach Coordinator, Melissa Pena also attended the Dia Del Nino event in Laredo. At the event, 1,000 goodie bags were distributed to families in the area. While speaking with families, Melissa found out that many of the children are interested in one day running for office and making a difference in their community. I will continue to fight for our nation's children so they are able to pursue the American Dream and succeed.
Pictured is Melissa Pena with public officials and volunteers from Dia Del Nino.
Southern Gals Boutique Ribbon Cutting
On Sunday, April 25th, my Outreach Coordinator for Starr and Hidalgo Counties, Nicolas Cruz, attended the Southern Gals Boutique Ribbon Cutting. People can purchase belts, bags, clothing, hats, and other accessories at the mobile boutique. At the event, Nick presented a Certificate of Recognition to the boutique's owner, Jecenia Deluna.
Pictured is Nicolas Cruz honoring Southern Gals Boutique owner Jecenia Deluna.
Cynthia Collazo Toddler Park
On Friday, April 23rd, my Outreach Coordinator, Eric Cleveland, attended the ribbon cutting for the Cynthia Collazo Toddler Park in Laredo. At the ribbon cutting, Eric presented Mrs. Collazo with a Certificate of Recognition to celebrate her remarkable career. Serving the City of Laredo for 41 years, Cynthia Collazo was the first female to serve as the community development director, assistant city manager, deputy city manager, and acting city manager.
Families who visit the park will be able to enjoy two new swing sets, a dog park, an amphitheater, picnic tables, BBQ pits, and more. The park is located off Maryland Avenue, next to the City of Laredo Health Department.
Pictured is Eric Cleveland and Cynthia Collazo.
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