Together, we can give Chad the gift
of greater independence!
"Having my own van means I can be the father and husband Ive always wanted to be. Ill be able to pick up my wife for a date night, take my family on a cross-country road trip, and pick up my kids from school and take them to soccer practice. Ill be able to make it home in time for dinner and tuck my kids into bed. Most of all, Ill be able to take my wife to the hospital when she goes into labor, or the kids to the doctor if they have an emergency." - Chad
You Can Make The Difference
An adaptive van will allow Chad to drive himself. It will drastically cut the time he spends on public transportation and provide him more time with his family. Today, Chad spends over four hours a day getting to and from his job. While many of us are still asleep, Chad takes a combination of buses and trains to get from his home in South San Jose to his job 15 miles away. He often drives his wheelchair between bus and train stations on congested roads, regardless of the weather. His daily journey is exhausting and takes precious time away from his family and his ability to further participate in the community.
Chads story is one of resiliency and the power of the human spirit. He is a loving husband and father and is committed to improving lives through his work with homeless people. He is involved in many community organizations as a volunteer and leader. Your donation will help provide Chad with an adaptive van, complete with a hydraulic lift, that he will be able to drive solely with his hands. All this can cost upwards of $100,000, but together we can make a meaningful difference, and transform Chad's dream to reality.
Chad Bojorquez was born in San Jose, California in 1980 with a rare physical disability called Arthrogryposis Multiplex Congenita. Chad cannot stand or walk independently and relies on a wheelchair. Despite spending his childhood in and out of hospitals, Chad excelled in school and was determined to fit in. He graduated from Westmont High School and was accepted to the prestigious University of Southern California.
But while at college and throughout his early 20s, he struggled to accept his limitations and place in society. Chad began to lose hope that hed ever find a meaningful relationship and slipped into a deep depression, turning to unhealthy coping mechanisms. Chad eventually dropped out of school, became homeless, and lived on the streets of Santa Cruz for four years. Living on the streets is extremely difficult. Living on the streets with a disability in a wheelchair is unimaginable.
Through incredible determination and the love of his family, Chad got off the streets and changed his outlook on life completely around. He channeled his energy into helping others and started volunteering with organizations working with disabled and homeless people. Working in homeless and social services was the first time ever where I felt I had found a purpose in life, said Chad.
Chad's Life Now
Today, Chad works full-time as a Director for Downtown Streets Team a work-experience program for homeless individuals. Having been homeless, Chad connects with and inspires those he works with innately. He has helped hundreds of people get off the streets, find jobs, and permanent housing. His involvement doesnt end with work, however. Chad is an active community volunteer. One of his volunteer activities is mentoring children with disabilities on how to get involved in activities and sports. And hes an avid soccer player, traveling the country with the power-wheelchair soccer team called the Hollister Freewheelers.
In 2012, Chad became a husband and father. He met his wife Mayra while volunteering and fell deeply in love with her and her two children Ariel (10) and Jayden (6). This fall, Chad and Mayra are expecting their third child. They are a deeply committed and loving family. A wheelchair accessible van he can drive would change Chads life as well as that of his family!
An adaptive van will allow Chad to drive himself. It will drastically cut the time he spends on public transportation and provide him more time with his family. The van will include a hydraulic lift, be customized to fit a wheelchair, and allow Chad to drive solely with his hands. All this can cost upwards of $100,000! By working together though, we can make Chad,s dream a reality.
Below are links to donate in different ways:
1) That's Amore:
Donate whatever you can we appreciate it.
Any amount helps and there are many ways to donate.
Donate by check to:
That's Amore Foundation
C/o Julie Matsushima
130 E San Fernando St #318
San Jose, CA 95112
Go to our CauseVox page and make a
donation to help.
3) Share Chads Story:
Together we can change Chad and his familys life. Share his story with your family, friends, colleagues and through your social network.
There is power in community and spreading the word! 100% of funds raised will go towards buying and maintaining an adaptive van for Chad. Every dollar you donate is tax deductible due to the generosity of the Thats Amore Charitable Foundation.
In Chads own words
"Having my own van means I can be the father and husband Ive always wanted to be. Ill be able to pick up my wife for a date night, take my family on a cross-country road trip, and pick up my kids from school and take them to soccer practice. Ill be able to make it home in time for dinner and tuck my kids into bed. Most of all, Ill be able to take my wife to the hospital when she goes into labor or the kids to the doctor if they have an emergency."
THAT'S AMORE' CHARITABLE FOUNDATION INC.
is a non-profit charitable foundation serving children
and young adults with special needs.
100% of your donation
"for the benefit of Chad Bojorquez"
and will go directly to funding Chad's van and is
tax deductible under 501(c)(3) IRS guidelines.
Tax ID: 77-0573487