My great grandpa, Juan Daniel Ruiz Andujar, was brought here from Utuado, Puerto Rico by the Puerto Rican Community Development in 1952 at the age of 39. The Puerto Rican Community Development came from Lorain to Puerto Rico to bring people to fill job openings that locals didn’t want.
He was brought to Lorain with about 100 other Puerto Ricans for various jobs around Lorain. They were placed in South Lorain in apartments. There were 4 men in an apartment, they shared everything. When they came, they were all in the same place, broke. In Puerto Rico, they were struggling for jobs. Puerto Rico was in a broke place back then. People down there would do anything for a good paying job. My great grandfather was one of those people who would do anything. They were multiple jobs available once they got here. There were jobs working in a greenhouse. That was a great job for many of them because that is what most of them did back in Puerto Rico. They all chose a job and went to work. There were some jobs that became available after most were already chose a place to work at. The Ford plant opened in Brook park and they needed employees. My great grandfather hadn’t chosen where he wanted to work yet. So, he went with a few others, he chose ...
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...la, many people at the vermillion and French Creek YMCA, Disney associates, other travel agents, met Chase Ritenauer multiple times, and many other people. She gave me the courage to join TV20. For that, I am extremely thankful. Even family friends have made major impacts on my life from helping me meet new people to escaping my brother and sisters. Over all, for that I am very thankful.
My great grandfather worked for 40 years at ford until he retired. In those 40 years of work, he never took a sick day. My grandpa who retired from Bendix. My grandma who bounced around from job to job, finally retired 3 years ago from El Centro De Servicios Sociales. My mom who has finally found the perfect job. Thank you. I wouldn’t be where I am today with out you guys. You made me the person I am today. For that I’m eternally grateful. Well, I guess that’s it. My Family History.
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