The hardworking woman was doing it all alone without a vehicle until an amazing organization stepped up to save the day.

Being 24 years old is hard on the best of days. Even with access to important resources and without the pressures of raising children, being twenty four is a challenge. 

There is a reason the expression “quarter life crisis” exists. Our early twenties are a time of serious growth and introspection. Often, it’s a time when we have the opportunity to make the mistakes that will help us as we become full-fledged adults. 

However, many people don’t have the opportunity to make mistakes. Lots of them have responsibilities beyond what most of us can handle, and they are able to handle their full lives with grace.

One such person is Rachel Chavez, a pharmacy technician from Arizona. 

Why a 24-Year-Old Took Her Three Younger Brothers In

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Rachel Chavez

Rachel’s parents, despite adoring their children, just couldn’t take care of them properly. Throughout Rachel’s childhood, they battled demons and health issues that made it impossible to provide the stable environment all children deserve

So, when Rachel moved out onto her own and started making a success of her own life, she decided to to step in and take over as a guardian for her three younger brothers, aged 17, 15, and 9. 

“I’m caring for them to give them a better future, to provide them with what they need, a roof over their head, food. Our parents still see them, but they are working on their own health. I just wanted my brothers to have a stable household.”

Knowing what she herself went through as a child, Rachel couldn’t stand the idea of letting the young boys have the same experience. 

At the tender age of 24, she took them in and began to raise them as her own children. 

The Surprise a Non-profit Organization Had for a Young Woman

Rachel works hard to provide for her family, studies hard to secure her future as a pharmacy technician, and parents hard to make sure her brothers feel loved and safe. She seems to do it all without breaking a sweat. 

When she shared her story with the non-profit organization Homeless Engagement Lift Partnership, the group recognized Rachel’s unparalleled dedication to her family and knew they had to do something to help her.

Through conversations with the resilient young woman, they found out that she was taking care of all of her business without a vehicle! Shocked, they decided to surprise her with the thing she needed the most. 

The organization pulled one over on Rachel, invited her and her brothers to come help wrap presents for other families in need. As if she didn’t have enough on her plate, Rachel jumped at the chance to do good for her community.

When she got there, she was floored.

“They told us we were going to help wrap presents for other families, so we had no idea what was happening. Seeing it, that first view, I thought I was in a dream, I was like, ‘Someone pinch me, because this can’t be real.’”

How One Resilient Woman’s Tenacity Was Rewarded

She saw a sparkling car, wrapped in a big red bow, waiting for her. The 2015 Honda was in amazing condition, fully equipped with seat warmers — Rachel’s favorite part. 

“I like how it has seat warmers — you need it in this type of weather,” she said.

The new car will allow Rachel to do more than just get to school and work quickly. It will give her the chance to spend more time with her brothers, including bringing the youngest to his football practice.

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“I’m really excited because we’ll be able to do anything we want, and I’m really looking forward to bonding with them in a new way.” 

Rachel’s hard work and tenacity was rewarded. Even though she took care of her brothers for selfless reasons, she was generously given the thing she really needed to help ease her burden. 

We all know someone like Rachel, who goes above and beyond to give those around them everything they need. We should all collectively make sure that those people also get what they deserve!