One of eleven children, Blanca is the older sister of Gabriela Suarez. She has worked as a maid since the age of twelve and came to the Working Boys Center as an extended family member. Semi-literate in 2007, Blanca participated in the adult education program. Maggie taught Blanca and saw how dedicated she was to learn how to read.
How she became involved in DEOF:
Blanca became David’s Fund’s first adult student through a series of fortunate events. While attending the family picnic, she told Mike and Maggie her future plans had been road-blocked: Blanca did not have a high school diploma. Blanca’s determination and hard work, with the support of DEOF, led her to graduate high school in 2015.
How DEOF has helped:
David’s Educational Opportunity Fund has supported Blanca with her high school tuition and all of the materials necessary for her to gain a cosmetology certificate. An over-saturated market means that Blanca is not employed in the industry now, but has held many jobs since. The Fund continues to offer monthly moral support to Blanca with check-ins.