Irineo Rojas Gonzales is truly a family man. He has been in the United States for twenty years – all because he wants his family to have a better life back in his hometown of San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.
“I came to improve my life and support my family,” he says, his brown eyes serious and thoughtful; “I wanted them to have a better life financially, and so I came here to find work.” He calls his beautiful wife, Angelina, at least three times a week and despite the fact that she sends him many photos of their children, they are growing up without him. He has returned to Mexico only once, back in 2005 and stayed for five years before heading back to Jupiter.
Leaving a wife behind is bad enough, but Irineo has five beautiful children depending on him back home: Romaria, Anna, Jorge, Sergio and Allen.
Irineo has a brother in Miami who first helped Irineo get settled in Florida. But he found Miami to be too competitive, and there weren’t enough jobs for everyone. A friend suggested Jupiter, and he’s happy he followed his friend’s advice.
“Here, at El Sol, I find jobs in construction, framing, and carpentry. I also work in landscaping and gardening, but I like construction the best,” Irineo says. “I have been able to make friends here, learn English and get good jobs. El Sol is a beautiful place, they have a good system here.”
Labor Coordinator Wilberto Luna nominated Irineo for the honor of being this quarter’s featured worker. “He has done a lot of community service events, and he always steps up when we need a volunteer for all the little things that come up around the center. He’ a really nice guy.”
We agree. He’s a really nice guy and we hope he continues to come to El Sol and be a model worker for the others.