From juggling the responsibilities that come from managing a retail store, to starting a charity and providing for his family, Clovis Baptiste has remained busy since returning to the United States after venturing to Haiti in February. Baptiste went to the impoverished island nation to find his family after the massive January earthquake that left hundreds of thousands dead or missing.
The Stockton resident and manager of the Kmart on Cherokee Lane trades phone calls with his 10 siblings and parents, who still live in Haiti, multiple times a week. They reside on Cayemite, a small Haitian island. He has started the necessary paperwork to operate a charity that aims to help citizens in his homeland, but his other financial obligations have led to it not being operational yet. Although he knows his family living in Haiti are safe and have some financial security, Baptiste said the overwhelming majority of Haitians aren't so lucky.