In the film the Homestretch, one of the issue raised in the movie was of a teen named Roque who was taken in by a public school teacher named Maria. Due to immigration complications Roque was forced to separate from his family and fend for himself beginning his sophomore year of high school. With an unstable family and housing situation, Roque spent several years bouncing around. Maria introduced him to Shakespeare and acting and he became inspired to finish high school and go to college. Throughout the film he tries to get into college and is derailed mostly by the fact that he needed identification because he was born in Mexico. He also needed his father’s permission because he was a minor at the time. As he aged out, he was able to get the necessary paperwork in order to be able to go to college. In the film one of the schools that he decided to look at was Northeastern Illinois and eventually he ended up going to school there and was still pursuing is degree in psychology. He made an appearance after the film’s showing so that we could see how everything in his life was going. Everything was working out him. He was going to move into an apartment with a friend and he was almost done with his degree and he had all the necessary paperwork so that he wouldn’t experience any troubles. He still keeps in contact with his parents from time to time. He was very grateful that Maria took him in and supported him to finish high school and to go to college. Maria grew up in Detroit and came to Chicago in the early 1990’s with her brothers, in pursuit of an education and a better life. So she understood what he was going through and wanted him to be successful.
So many things could have gone wrong for Roque. Had he not found support or help in Maria, you have to wonder if he would have found it in someone else. His life up to that point had been difficult. he had limited resources other than himself. It would have been easy to give u, but he didn’t. It is nice to know that there is always someone willing to help around the corner. sometimes getting to that corner takes a while but you can’t give up. Makes you realize how much we need more people like Maria who are willing to lend a hand and who are empathetic and compassionate. I was glad to hear that Roque is doing well and moving along in life.