Rising to the challenge
Quincy native Pearl Lopez has accepted challenges in her life and come out successfully on the other side.
As a sophomore at Quincy High School, she left the public school environment and continued to study for her GED.
Four years ago, she gave birth to her daughter, Melody, and attended classes at Big Bend Community College because she wanted to study social work and counseling.
About a year ago, her life direction took a turn when she became co-owner of Rob’s Video, along with her sister, Vikki.
“With help from my family, I went in as half partner of Rob’s Video with my sister,” said Lopez, “I had experience as a barista and I wanted to open a coffee shop.”
Since Rob’s already had a commercial espresso machine, it was just the place Lopez was looking for.
Lopez has also been active in the community as a volunteer, youth mentor and substitute para-educator for the Quincy School District.
In the past, she also worked for Quincy Youth Action, helping to put together events such as the Draw the Line rally, which takes a stand against underage drinking.
“I loved being a mentor for Youth Action,” said Lopez, “and seeing how businesses give back to the community.”
Most recently, Lopez has volunteered her time to the Quinceañera Project, which focuses on encouraging families to not consume alcohol at parties and events.
She is also elated to have been invited to be on the board of the Quincy Community Center.
“I like to let people know what’s going on in town,” she said, “I am honored and excited to be asked to join.”
Lopez has been an active vendor at the Quincy Community Center’s Christmas Bazaar for the past two years. She was also a member of the Communities that Care Coalition.
When she is not working or volunteering, Lopez enjoys watching movies with her daughter. She also likes traveling around Washington state when the opportunity presents itself.
“I spend a lot of time with my daughter, teaching her basic things,” said Lopez. “I am getting her ready for kindergarten.”
Lopez is working on her own education goals of eventually finishing a business degree.
She likes the fact that Quincy is a small town where everybody knows each other.
“It’s comfortable,” said Lopez, “I can go out on the street and feel safe.”