Iris Rosado and her three children are strangers in a strange land. Iris landed in Tampa two weeks ago to seek medical care for her 9-year-old son, Jomar, who is autistic. She said her brother lives in Tampa, and he was supposed to help support the family.
"I spoke to my brother on Friday, and everything was fine. When I came here on Saturday, and I was calling him at the airport, he never came," said Rosado.
She found some support from strangers and Metropolitan Ministries, but the funding will run out on Christmas day. The family even spent a night living on the street.
"It was scary for me to stay in the streets, and I cry, and I ask God why I have to go through this," said Rosado.
Pastor Noel Velasquez help put the family up in a hotel for a few days. He said a "Go Fund Me" page has been set up for the family.
"I started crying on my way home because I just couldn't believe there were three kids in the street, especially an autistic child," said Velasquez.
The family plans to stay in the U.S. if they can raise the funds, because they believe Jomar will get better medical care.