Mexican immigrant Catalino Tapia, who owns a landscape business, created the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation, whose primary goal is to help the children of gardeners go to college, reports Latino Fox News.
Up to now the foundation has helped 112 young people from low-income families. Tapia crossed the border in 1964 and started working at whatever jobs were available – washing dishes and cars, helping out in flower shops and gardening.
In 1982, Catalino, who worked at gardening on weekends, started his own business. From the outset he and his wife Margarita were keenly aware of how important it was to save money for the education of their sons Adel and Noel.
Though the older brother didn’t want to continue studying and preferred to concentrate on business, the younger continued his studies and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.
In 2002, Noel Tapia and another two attorneys, Maribel Medina and Miguel Marquez, gave Tapia all the legal advice necessary to create the Bay Area Gardeners Foundation.
Up to now the foundation has helped 112 young people from low-income families.