Then she started showing up at school, attending school conferences with him, and working with COMPASS’s education coordinators to ensure Roberto was on track to graduate.
Building a transformative relationship isn’t a straight line; there were a lot of starts and stops. Roberto didn’t always make appropriate decisions. But every step of the way, Millie was there. She was relentless, never giving up on Roberto, and she did not let him give up on himself.
Roberto still has work to do and goals to reach, but he is on his way. A few weeks ago, Roberto was in the center and said to COMPASS CEO Jacquelyn Santiago Nazario, “when I had someone who believed in me, I couldn’t settle for a zero.”