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The Sanchez family has lived in Watts since 1993.  Carlos Sanchez and Juana Breseña immigrated to the United States hoping to make a better life. After they married, Carlos and Juana moved to Watts and had three children: Robert, Erica, and Martha. The family remembers Watts in the 90s as a difficult and challenging place to live but they persevered.  When asked why they stayed, Carlos replied, “community.”  For the Sanchez clan, community is more than living side-by-side with neighbors and getting along; community is about working towards a common good; community is a state of mind.  This means that family, co-workers / colleagues, friends, and neighbors all fit within this concept.   The Sanchez believe that living community everyday is an essential part of enriching their neighborhood and, by extension, the larger world around them.