A Close Family

A Close Family

Veronica, Guadalupe and Alejandro came to the Ranch when Veronica was 9 years old. She had to raise her two youngest siblings since her parents abandoned them. She was found by a neighbor searching trash cans to find food for her brother and sister. Dept. of Social Services asked the Ranch to take them…. And of course they graciously did.

They had never been to school. They spoke very broken Spanish. They knew Mixteco (an indigenous dialect from Oaxaca Mexico). When Veronica arrived to the Ranch, she needed to learn to be a “girl”. All she knew was to care for her siblings. Tina and Rod’s mission for her was to teach her to play and just enjoy life. She went on to college and finished her degree as a teacher assistant (a three year degree in Mexico) She is married with one daughter and expecting her second child.

Her sister Guadalupe is doing well too. She is also going to the university to be a special education teacher. She enjoys teaching young children and is very good at it.

They are a very close knit family always looking for ways to be close. They love each other and it is amazing to see how they support each other. Alejandro finished in our special education program and helps out around the ranch. He has a difficult remembering details so he needs help as he works on various construction projects. They are very patient with Alejandro. He will live in the Victor house too. He loves his sisters and treasures his time with them.