Substitute teachers have taken a big hit during the Covid situation since many don’t have classes to teach. One SoCal teacher was having a tough time before that, and it got worse. Jose Villarruel, 77, has been living out of his car for a while before Covid so he could send money back to his family in Mexico, but couldn’t send any when schools shut down.
The former student Steven Nava saw Villarruel’s situation and decided to do something about it. He started a GoFundMe and raised over $27,000. The page notes “He’s struggled with getting back on his feet after the pandemic hit and has been living in his car ever since despite the brutal weather and living conditions.”
Nava shares “We don’t appreciate these teachers enough, and that’s something that we should be doing.” Mr. V, as his students called him, is touched by the gift and says “I’m still trying to digest the entire experience. It’s extraordinary, totally unexpected.”