Category Archives: Education

Father and Daughter Share Love of Learning and New Home

March 21, 2017 | Posted in Education, Housing |

When Patrick Martinez was awarded primary custody of his young daughter last year, he realized he needed to make some changes in his life. He was sharing an apartment with a friend and working part-time, but he wanted an affordable place of his own with space for his daughter to play and grow. A few […]

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Supporting Dreams in the St. Elmo Neighborhood

July 14, 2016 | Posted in Education |

Jacky Quezada is working hard to shape her own destiny. The 19-year-old sophomore at Texas State University is the first in her family to attend college and serves as a role model for her younger brother and sister. Jackie and her family moved to our Sierra Ridge community in the St. Elmo neighborhood the summer […]

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Free Minds Inspires Capital Studios Resident to Return to College

June 8, 2016 | Posted in Education |

It was a flyer on Kyle Fuqua’s door at Capital Studios that piqued his interest in our Free Minds program. The 31-year-old personal trainer started but never finished college due to serious missteps that landed him in legal trouble and a struggle with substance abuse. Free Minds, a free two semester college humanities course run […]

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Free Minds Helps Mom Achieve College Dreams

June 16, 2015 | Posted in Education |

Crystal Luna dropped out of high school when she was 16 to take care of her new son, Mikey. She returned to school nearly ten years later because she wanted to set a good example for him and change her life. As a single parent, she worked multiple jobs to make ends meet. Despite the […]

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Summer Learning Keeps Local Students Engaged

August 5, 2014 | Posted in Education |

For many of the students we serve in our after-school and summer programs, our on-site Learning Centers are a second home. Maryam and Ali Alattabi, Iraqi refugees who moved to Sierra Vista with their parents a year ago, said they love coming to their Learning Center. “I come in and smile,” said Maryam, who is […]

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