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"When I came to Goshen I saw a big huge difference. I want a better life for my kids and I find that here."

How long have you lived here? Since 1994. I moved from Los Angeles. I was born in Guatemala but I was raised in California. My parents brought me from Guatemala when I was seven. We lived in California until I was sixteen or seventeen. But I love Goshen. I’m not going nowhere. If your life was a story what would be its title? A Better Life for My Kids I was married young. I was sixteen when I got married. They killed my brother over there for drugs, the gangsters. So, I saw where I was living was really bad. […]

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What was your saddest moment?

"The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while."

What was your saddest moment? The death of my grandmother. I’ve never knew anybody close to me who has died before that. I was sort of naive to the situation. I didn’t really understand how serious it was. Then when it happened it was sort of shocking and hard for a while. If your life was a story what would be its title? Hope and Courage. I like to do things that are a little more adventurous and sometimes out of my comfort zone. I think that takes courage and not being afraid to get out of your comfort zone. […]

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"It is the beginning of the end but it’s also the end of the beginning. It all depends on how you see it."

  If your life were a story what would be its title? Sunset, Sunrise Why? It is the beginning of the end but it’s also the end of the beginning. It all depends on how you see it.  

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What is the best advice you’ve been given?

"To remain humble and remember I can learn something from anyone."

What was the saddest moment of your life? In high school, when I was with elementary kids, how I mistreated a classmate. What is the best advice you’ve been given? To remain humble and remember I can learn something from anyone.  If you could give advice what would you say? I would pass that on. Who gave you that advice? My mother. She was always keeping me in check and pointing out if I appeared cocky or was acting too arrogant. I played sports so she was always watching and quick to point that out. Which I appreciate. It’s easier […]

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"I love being on stage in shows. It’s like you can go into a different world and be someone you’re not and escape your everyday drama and trouble."

If your life was a story what would be its title? Probably… well, what would you say? ME? I’m not asking me!  Well, I’m asking you. Right now, the title is Story Collector. But let’s get back to you, this isn’t about me.  What was the happiest moment of your life? I don’t know if I’ve had a really stand out moment that’s been the happiest, but I love being on stage in shows. What shows have you been in? Sweeney Todd, Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof and right now I’m in Willy Wonka. What do you love […]

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"I try to communicate with a lot of people. If we work together, if we help people, we can live better."

How long have you been living in Goshen? I came from Guatemala almost 13 years ago. I’ve been living here a long time. What brought you here? My brother was here and he asked if I want to come. So, I came. Do you have other family here besides your brother? I have two brothers here now. Is that your whole family or are there others still in Guatemala? Yeah, my whole family, my father, they are in Guatemala. Do you see them? I have not seen them in a long time, but I talk with them. Right now I’m […]

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"When I’m here I feel like kind of an outsider, but when I go back to Mexico I become an outsider again. I’m neither from here nor there; where do I belong?"

When Edgar was 11 months old, his family moved from Mexico to California. After five years they moved back to Mexico. After five more years they packed up again. This time they moved to North Manchester. There Edgar began to learn English in 7th grade.  I remember going to middle school crying because I felt deaf and mute. There was no English support program for immigrants. I learned my English in eight months because I was immersed in the culture and exposed to the language. We were living in a trailer and didn’t have cable or radio. I came in […]

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"I was born to a family that was well knit; we got along. I think having a foundation like that, where you get along with your parents and your siblings allows you to move out into the world with a sense of, well, feeling lucky."

If your life were a story, what would be it’s title? Lucky. Why? Because I was born to a family that was well knit; we got along. I have two sisters who are two of my best friends. I think having a foundation like that, where you get along with your parents and your siblings allows you to move out into the world with a sense of, well, feeling lucky.  

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"We all have the same thing in common, it doesn’t matter what job we do, we all need a job to feel useful. We have families to feed. So even if there’s a president of a company and a president of the union, they aren’t that far apart because they both work for a living."

Bonnie moved machinery for twenty years at Goshen Rubber. She started at age 23, timid and unsure of her place. But over time that changed. When her supervisor took her off of her job without permission, an act she knew was against union rules, she filed her first grievance.  When her grievance made it to the plant manager, she says,  I knew I was right. I said, “Gentlemen, I am right. You know I’m right. I can prove it to you in the contract. You have already admitted that you were wrong, but nothing has changed. I am still not […]

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"Life's too short to waste it. Go for that sec on helping of ice cream."

If your life was a story what would be its title? A journey. Life isn’t about a destination. And I feel like mine is just a journey along the way and discovering what’s up. What was the happiest moment of your life? I can’t pick a particular. Just being with friends. What is the best advice you’ve been given? Live radical. Life’s too short to waste it. Go for that second helping of ice cream.    

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