Strengthening Our Community
Jesse Gonzalez doesn’t just talk the talk, he puts his passion into action. That’s why he has dedicated himself to being actively involved in communities all across the Rio Grande Valley.
Witnessing hardships and discrimination as an underprivileged migrant worker, Jesse vowed to do everything he could to always help those who were less fortunate. Jesse understands first hand what challenges many families in the Rio Grande Valley face on a daily basis, that’s why he does everything he can to support the community that helped to make him what he is.
2018 Flood Relief Effort
The rains and accompanying flood that struck the communities of the Rio Grande Valley in the summer of 2018 caused a tremendous amount of damages to homes and families all throughout Hidalgo and Cameron counties. Damages were estimated in the hundreds of millions of dollars, and both President Trump and Governor Abbott issued disaster declarations. Sadly, many families were left with the burden of dealing with the aftermath of the catastrophe.
In the wake of these events, Jesse Gonzalez and his team at J. Gonzalez Injury Attorneys have sought to provide whatever assistance they can to locals in need of some support. Following the rains, Jesse hit the streets of the Rio Grande Valley in his all-terrain “J. Gonzalez” Hummer to help residents stuck in their homes move to safer locations. The community gathered around these efforts and Jesse was content in just being able to provide the help that he could. Since then, he’s contributed to various relief efforts and continues to seek ways in which he can provide some level of assistance to those hurt by this unfortunate event.
J. Gonzalez Supports Education
Jesse Gonzalez recognizes the value of education. He was inspired by his mother, who was able to obtain a college degree in Mexico during a time when it was not at all common for a woman to attend a university. This goal was instilled in Jesse’s youth and never left him.
It was this ambition, and years of perseverance, that would lead him to obtain his bachelor’s degree at what was then the University of Texas Pan-American (now UT-RGV), his master’s in educational administration – and ultimately – a law degree from St. Mary’s University School of Law. In fact, his dedication to education was so deep-rooted that he taught for La Joya ISD for seven years.
While Jesse has since moved from teaching, his passion and respect for the world of education have not once waned. This affection for schooling is on full display in a candid speech to local University of Texas-Pan American (UTRGV) graduates in this commencement speech video.
We leave you with these inspiring words from Jesse:
“This is your life. Follow your heart, follow your passion, and be careful with some of the advice that people will give you because it may limit your potential.”