We ask our Executive Director, Isabel Lopez,
“What does the NestQuest mission mean to you?”
The NestQuest mission is “Changing the future of our children by increasing access to the best housing and educational opportunities for families.”
As an immigrant from Mexico, the quality of housing and education was something my family had little to no choice in. I attended 9 different schools between elementary and high school, during which we moved at least 10 times. It was not until my junior year in high school that I realized the importance of stable housing and quality education for students in underprivileged and under served areas.
My upbringing drives me to fulfill our mission each day, it is the main purpose of our program, and a personal mission of mine.
Children in low income families automatically have limited access to quality education and stable housing. The opportunity to educate families on living beyond the options offered by society place NestQuest children on a path to a future that would not otherwise exist.
For our families, it’s more than just having a home. Achieving our mission changes the hopes and dreams of the children in our program. It means opening their minds and lives to equality regardless of income. Our mission is a lifeline to many families in Houston. It is a unique opportunity that has never existed in a system that is almost designed to oppress those families that may just need temporary help. Every child deserves the chance to know what success feels and looks like regardless of where they came from.
Being the Executive Director of NestQuest, gives me the opportunity to create change that will not only affect our families, but create a very much needed change in society.