Listening In: How a trip to the grocery store changed Chris Carrillo’s life


Chris Carrillo’s story is rare and he knows it.

The San Antonio native grew up in poverty, spending a lot of his time on the West Side — and he made it out. He’s one of the few. When he was a kid, Carrillo and his family bounced around the city, and eventually landed in a neighborhood near Alamo Heights.

When his mom sent him to the store, his world opened.

“You see people just smiling, just walking about with big smiles on their face like there’s no worries in the world,” Carrillo said. “I go there and I see Mercedes. I see some of the nicest vehicles I’ve ever seen, and people just smiling, and it opened up my eyes to — there’s a different way of living.”

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