Raquel has experienced many obstacles and hardships but she maintains a positive attitude and continues to be dedicated to her family, helping them any way she can. Raquel was born outside of the United States and has since moved around a lot while being shuffled from school to school. Despite all of this, Raquel is a wonderful student and has mastered the English language. In addition to Raquel witnessing her stepfather physically and verbally abusing her mother, he threatened and insulted her repeatedly. Through it all, she has remained a tremendous support to her mother, who does not speak English, translating and navigating their city’s transit system. She was elated to move into the shelter and routinely expresses her appreciation for the safety and care that is being provided to her family. Raquel hopes to one day attend college and become a police detective so that she can make a real difference in her community.