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Making America His New Home

Making America His New Home


For a 6-year-old boy living in his native Mexico, innocence had a harsh way of slipping away form Jose’s young life. His family was struggling to make ends meet, and Jose faced daily battles and often made adult-like decisions. Starve and get an education, or work and put food on the table for himself and his family?


Jose participates in the 2011 Celebration of Hearts and Minds with Neighborhood Centers President and CEO Angela Blanchard.
With only a first-grade education under his belt, Jose had no choice but to quit school and work on a farm. Jose dreamed of a life without farm work, and hoped to one day continue his education.

Today daily decisions for Jose have taken a turn for the better. He no longer has to skip school to go work in a Mexican farm in order to help support his family. On October 20, 2010, Jose Angel became a citizen of the United States, and is wrapping up basic coursework at Houston Community College, with plans of pursuing a technology-engineer bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University.