“The oldest had a cellphone and could message me,” Faundez said. “We were constantly checking on them, even overnight, and making sure they were safe. ...It’s the Salvation Army’s mission to, you know, get our hands dirty and be there when people have nobody.”
Reyes said she wrote down instructions for her eldest son, Jerry, before she left. But Reyes said she was afraid if she stayed in the hospital, she would die.
If she was going to die, she would rather die at home, Reyes said.
So although Reyes also had bronchitis and pneumonia, she came home.
“It was three more weeks before I felt better,” Reyes said.