Cesar Ruiz, a distinguished leader and entrepreneur, was born on August 9th, 1955, in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico. Raised in the vibrant North End of Springfield until 1967, Cesar's parents purchased their first home in the Forest Park section of the city, joining only four other Latino families in the area. Cesar's personal life is filled with joy and fulfillment. He is happily married to Lillian Perez Berrios, and together, they have raised three children and have been blessed with seven grandchildren.
Cesar laid the foundation for his future endeavors in the Springfield Public School System, and after graduating high school, he continued his education at the University of Massachusetts, expanding his knowledge and skills. In 1980, at the age of 25, Cesar made history by becoming the first Latino elected to the Springfield School Committee. This significant achievement occurred during a joint convention between the Springfield School Committee and City Council. He served for a total of six and a half years, marking another milestone as the first popularly elected Latino in Massachusetts.
In 2016, Cesar founded Golden Years Home Care Services, which has grown exponentially, employing 650 caregivers and 40 administrative staff while serving 700 clients in Hampden County. He further expanded his business ventures by establishing Golden Years Behavioral Health Group in 2020, providing crucial services in adolescence, drug rehabilitation, and mental health. Beyond his entrepreneurial pursuits, Cesar actively contributes to the community. He serves on the Western Mass Economic Development Corporation's Board and acts as a Cooperator of Monson Saving Bank. Recently, he acquired the 222 Carew St Medical Building, facilitating the relocation of Golden Years Home Care Service to Springfield and expanding the behavioral health division in East Longmeadow.
Cesar Ruiz's journey exemplifies determination, resilience, and an unwavering commitment to making a difference. From his groundbreaking political achievements to his successful entrepreneurial ventures, he continues to positively impact the lives of individuals in Hampden County and beyond. Cesar Ruiz is a true leader, embodying compassion and the pursuit of excellence.
Please join us in congratulating Cesar Ruiz as the Padrino of the 2023 Puerto Rican Parade.