In November of 2001 - Desiree Reyes made the decision to leave Guatemala, and continue raising my brother and I in the United States. With little to nothing to actually leave with she took on a journey of with no promises or guarantees and never looked back. Upon our arrival it didn't take long for her to find temporary work - some of which included babysitting, cleaning churches, and even a desk job at a family owned real estate firm. She was employed at 3 different places for 3 different jobs at the same time and continued to do so until we got our first home.
A one bedroom apartment wasn't much but it sure felt like home. She used this to lay the foundation of our family and continue to better our situation here in the US. From a one bedroom apartment, to a two bedroom, and to finally a house. After meeting my Father we were lucky to welcome our final addition to our family, our little sister Hannah. With both my Dad and My sister we really felt like we had completed our circle and we’re all going in directions allowed us to find our own individual success. As our little Hannah grew older and began attending her academic courses, my mother became a translator for her school considering she was fluent in both English and Spanish. During this time she enrolled in Criminal Justice courses as she wished to become a Community Service Officer (CSO) for the Riverside Community College Police Department.
Her efforts were recognized and eventually landed her that exact position. As she began and settled into this role, she showed great understanding of it and was encouraged to continue her journey and attend the Police Academy so that she could be sworn into the Department following her completion.
She graduated from the academy in May of 2017 and was sworn into the RCCD Police Department in October 2017. She was 46.
Now the reason I ask for your help today is my mother’s story has been recognized and is now being honored in a form of a scholarship titled “The Officer D. Reyes Scholarship”. She has been given a platform to help others and I ask for your help to allow her to maximize that effort. Any help is appreciated and will go directly back to aid those who share the same passion for success. If you know my momma you know that her dream has always been to help others and it is incredible what she has accomplished in these last 17 years.
Desiree Reyes did many things, worked many jobs, and put a lot at risk day in and day out. A busy schedule, but never forgot how to be the best mother she could be for my Sister, Brother, and I. A true hero in my eyes.
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