After 38 years in America, Quoc is on the road to citizenship. That called for a celebration in Easterseals Arc’s Projects Drive Group.
When Quoc arrived in the morning on Aug. 22, Easterseals Arc staff and his fellow consumers surprised him with a patriotic display. Minutes before he walked in the door, many of the people in PDG passed out miniature flags, red-white-and-blue necklaces and other patriotic accessories.
At 9 a.m., Quoc came in and was swarmed by a happy crowd, celebrating his progress toward becoming an American citizen. They topped him off with a paper top hat suited for Uncle Sam and cheered him on.
Quoc, 56, arrived in the United States from his native Vietnam with his family in 1980. Because he has a disability, the process of becoming a citizen depends on a considerable amount of medical documentation. But he and Easterseals Arc staff have been working on it since last year.
“He really wants to be a citizen,” said Amanda Gordon, a staff member in PDG.
Quoc was surprised by the celebration for him, but he’s a man who focuses intently on his job assembling weather stripping at PDG and quickly got busy at his work station.