Victor Carreto-Meneses passes citizenship test with pride
Victor Carreto-Meneses studied hard to take his U.S. citizenship test and was very happy and proud when he passed the exam in June.
“My wife (Elida) also took the test and she passed, too,” he said. “We went out to dinner to celebrate.”
Victor came to the U.S. from Mexico 22 years ago and has been with our KBH Maintenance Dept. for over 2 years. He primarily works outdoors, handling a variety of grounds and landscaping duties. He also has indoor assignments and likes to work closely with the Maintenance crew that has been so helpful to him.
“I have no relatives here so they are like family to me,” he said. “I have made many new friends and enjoy working with the residents, too.”
KBH coworkers encouraged Victor to take HVAC classes to acquire new skills. KBH scholarship funds helped to underwrite his training. He was thankful to have the opportunity to expand his capabilities. He also appreciates the steady support he has received from his supervisor, Adam Reyes, and the Maintenance team.
“They helped me a lot,” Victor said.
When not working at KBH, Victor and his wife share their enthusiasm for Taekwondo classes they have been taking for more than 10 years in a studio owned by a KBH driver, Juan Rodriguez. In fact, it was Juan who told Victor about the KBH Maintenance opening and urged him to apply. Victor has earned a third degree black belt in Taekwondo, while Elida holds a second degree black belt. In addition to martial arts, the couple likes to go to the movies and take walks in local parks with their two dogs.
Victor always wanted to do something different with his life and he’s glad he came to America where he is now settled and pleased to be part of our KBH community. He may miss the warm weather in Mexico during winter – but he has adjusted.
“I like living here,” he said. “My family is very happy for me. It’s been a good change and there are better opportunities here.”