This cozy wood-frame home in Austin's Eastside serves as a temporary shelter for many Spanish-speaking immigrants who arrive here empty-handed but willing to lay bricks, mop the floors, dig a hole - whatever it takes to put food on the table and send money back home to their families. It goes without saying that this segment of our population makes up a good chunk of Austin's hardest-working labor force. Thank goodness, then, for places like Casa Marianella. It's just the ticket to help the newcomers get on the road to independence.
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