Pierre's dream was to become an automotive engineer and he wanted to attend school in the United States. Pierre, 30, had moved from Haiti to the Dominican Republic after the 2010 earthquake, and already had studied English so he could read the instruction manuals once his dream came true, she said.
He also fluently spoke four languages (Creole, French, Spanish and English) along with some German and Russian, Glodoski said.
She and Joe discussed the logic of it. Pierre could stay in their extra room. and they had a 20-year-old car he could use. The cost in utilities would not increase. Well, OK, food would, but
"What's one more mouth to feed?"
"So we exchanged emails," she said.
But bringing Pierre to the United States as an international student was not as simple as Allison thought it would be. While working as a teacher's aide for Plainfield Community Consolidated School District 202 in Plainfield, Allison also spent "534 grueling days of learning the process," she said in a written statement.
"Every step was met with an obstacle to overcome," Allison wrote in an email." He had to take extensive tests, pay a lot of fees, obtain his visa, travel back to his native country multiple times."
Allison said she and her husband Joe fundraised to pay for half of the money Pierre needed to come to the United States, and Pierre worked "seven days a week and holidays" for the rest.