Step is a Milestone
Barrera is 22-year old immigrant from Mexico and the only child of
a farm worker single mother. Roberto was living in Mexico at age six
when he fell down two floors from the roof of his home and hit his
head. At age 15 he was diagnosed with epilepsy that, according to
his doctor, resulted from the fall he had 9 years before. Roberto
experiences severe seizures due to his epilepsy and it has affected
him in other ways too.
Roberto’s mother, Maria, was very concerned about his disability.
He often had seizures unexpectedly. Maria had to work to support Roberto
and she had to leave him with friends while working. Often times,
Mrs. Barrera would miss work because she did not have anybody to watch
Roberto. The situation was hard, both for Roberto and his mother.
Fortunately, they were able to control his seizures to some extent
with the help of medication. Roberto decided to attend school to obtain
his General Education Diploma. It was a challenge for Roberto. At
first he was very dependent on his mother, but he needed a change.
In December of last year, Roberto decided to seek employment. His
mother did not earn sufficient money to buy everything he needed.
Roberto now lives in Greenfield, CA. Greenfield is a very small rural
town that lacks a lot of services and job opportunities. Finding a
job was definitely a challenge.
Roberto began his search for employment and shortly thereafter he
obtained a job at a restaurant as a dishwasher/busboy. Roberto’s
will and perseverance helped him accomplish his goal. Roberto is still
in the process of obtaining his General Education Diploma and is determined
to accomplish this goal.