Originally from Salto, Uruguay near the Argentinian border, Nestor Bacque moved to Madison in 2005. He has made his home here ever since, working jobs in agriculture, at a grocery store, and now at a car dealership in Madison. He moved into a Common Wealth apartment in August 2012.
“Common Wealth is a great organization,” he reflected on his front porch on Williamson Street. “I love my location. Every time when I tell people where I live, they’re like, ‘Wow, man, you have a nice spot.’ I cannot say anything more than nice things about Common Wealth because every time I need them, they were here for me.”
When he first began his housing search, he knew he wanted to be on the near east side. “You have access to restaurants and downtown,” he said. He stopped by the Common Wealth office five or six times in a week when he was frantically searching for housing, and Common Wealth was able to set him up in an efficiency, where he has lived ever since.
He uses his English skills daily by working the customer service desk at a local car dealership. As recently as 2008, he hardly knew any English. He was working on a pig farm at the same time when Brett Favre was first retiring from the Green Bay Packers, and everyone was talking about the state of the Packers. He realized then that he had to learn more English so he would know what everyone was talking about.
Nestor recently became a United States citizen after many years of studying and passing the citizenship exam. “It feels good,” he said. He now has many more opportunities, including the right to vote. “It feels good to vote! I already voted [in the presidential election]!”
Common Wealth owns and manages 139 units of affordable rental properties throughout Madison. To view currently availability, visit http://housing.cwd.org/.
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