Raul C Ruiz Cepero
Raul C's Story
Well let's see...my story is much the same as anyone else that had the same experience.
We arrived in Miami courtesy of Pan Am and the good folks that made it all possible at the Archdioces of Miami. We where picked up at the airport and taken to Florida City, where I met our house parents, Mr.& Mrs. Arias. There I met Juan Ramos, like me, a scared little boy missing his parents; we soon became fast friends. A short ten days later we where asked to decide if we wanted to go to somewhere in Nebraska or to St. Vincents Home in Saginaw, Michigan. We chose the latter, principally because it was closer to Miami, in case we decided to run away.;>)
The departure from the Florida City Camp is not clear in my mind but the arrival in Detroit and the subsequent drive and ultimate arrival in Saginaw are quite vivid. We had been telling scary stories and as kids would do, making many of them up, on the trip to Saginaw. We arrived late at night, to the best of my recollection, and found the orphanage to be a dark, old baroque style building dotted every so often with a lit window through which odd shapes with hornes could barely be discern. This only exacerbated our agitated state of confusion and fear. Only after the outside lights where turned on and the good Sisters of Charity came out that we where able to deduce that the so called “Devils Hornes” that we had seen through the dimly lit windows was nothing more than the head gear that the good sisters wore as part of their ensemble.
Following are some of the names of the fateful ten that blazed the path into that cold country where so many kind and warm hearted people welcomed us with open arms.
Luis Rodriguez , Elda Rodriguez, Angel Canete, Jose( El Gallego) Fernandez, Jose ( El Bombero) Verde (RIP), Jose Cabarrocas, Juan( El Chino) Ramos, Saturnino ( Satch) Diaz and Mario Garriga. Many others followed, the people of Saginaw couldn’t have been nicer or more caring, as well as the Sisters of Charity that cared for us; Sister Dorothy, Sister Mary John, Sister Alice and Sister Clementine among others.
This is the greatest country in the world and I will forever be grateful to it and the kind and giving people who helped us along the way.God Bless America!