Laura Joaquin González was born in a small town of Guatemala. She traveled to the United States when she was very young, and worked as a teenager picking vegetables with her family. When she became a parent, she enrolled her children in ECMHSP centers. Laura served as the President of the Colleton Parent Committee in SC from 2011-2013, and as Secretary in 2014. During her tenure, she visited Washington, DC and advocated with other parents for services to migrant families.
With the assistance of Colleton Center’s Family Service Coordinator, Laura trained for and passed her driving test, enabling her to receive a SC driver’s license. In November of the following year after much hard work, she received her GED and a celebration was held at the Colleton Center in her honor. Then in 2014 with the help of Telamon Corporation, Laura obtained her Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) and got a job at the Veteran’s Victory House in Walterboro, SC. We are very inspired by this amazing mom!