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December 2020 Happenings
Hope House in Mexico


******    Inspirational Must Read  *****
Here is our monthly (más o menos) newsletter to keep our friends and family updated on what is happening with Hope House Children's Relief (HHCR) and Hope House in Mexico. For those who don't know, HHCR is our not-for-profit 501(c)3 and all donations received are directed solely to Hope House (Casa Hogar Mi Esperanza en el Corazon) in Ixtlahacan de Los Membrillos, Jalisco, Mexico. The newsletter will provide updates on the boys - especially the new ones - a little insight into the staff, teams, vocational training, projects, and items of special interest.  If you know of someone that would be interested in HHCR/Hope House, Mexico updates, they can subscribe here.

A copy of last month's newsletter can be found here.  If you go to this website there is a link to all previous newsletters.
Please Read This Inspiring Section
As we stated lin last months newsletter, our 501(c)3, HHCR, was formed five years ago as a funding supplement to the founder's 501(c)3. With the founders having had to return to the US, we anticipated that their 501(c)3 donations would begin decreasing and, possibly stop altogether. That will happen beginning January 2021. Fortunately we were prudent and set aside a reserve in the event this happened. With current monthly donations and the reserve, we computed that  what we had would carry us through January 2022, which gave a one year cushion to raise additional funds.

In the November Newsletter we also laid out this situation and indicated the funding required to carry Hope House further. Within one week, HHCR had received sufficient donations to carry Hope House through to June 2022, an additional fie or six months. Since then, more donations have been received and the HHCR reserves plus recurring donations are sufficient to support Hope House through November of 2022, another five or six months. With this increased reserves we now have two years to raise additional funds to keep Hope House going into 2023 and beyond.

The generous response of donors has been a real inspiration to us and motivation to continue on with what we are doing. There were a number of significant one time gifts in addition to another generous recurring gift. Recurring gifts are what we rely on most to meet Hope House expenses. When we see the generosity of donors caring for these boys, we feel so blessed. We have never considered ourselves to be fundraisers, and you, our friends and donors and made our job much easier.  Thank you!
New Video
As a part of the ongoing effort to seek additional funds, Hope House has prepared a video that gives a complete overview of this facility of abandoned and abused boys. The video can be found here. Please share this video and newsletter with as many people as you can! We have found that visibility is a key ingredient of raising funds. We would also be amenable to combine using this video with a video chat so that questions can be answered. If this sounds like something that you would like to do with your work, church, or friends, contact us at our email.
The Boys
Currently Hope House remains at fifteen boys., primarily to Pandemic restrictions making it difficult to get more boys. The administrative staff continues to seek additional boys so that more are kept off the streets and are provided a safe and secure home in addition to providing them hope and skills for the future.
Birthdays Continue
This time it is little Jimmy's birthday. He was two years old when he arrived at Hope House. This was his seventh birthday. The boys continue to grow, but fortunately for Jimmy it has been in a warm and loving environment. The photos below are Jimmy with the rest of his "brothers" and one of him posing with his cake.
Christmas 2020

December is one of the busiest months for the staff at Hope House. So many people want to let the boys know they are thinking of them. As result there are usually many fiestas and gifts.  With Covid, some things have change, of course. Many of the gifts are clothes, school supplies, games, and so on, mind you, all very appreciated since it does impact the budget and the boys.

Below are two collages with boys opening Christmas gifts. And there is more coming for them  a little later on - following section.
Christmas Yet to Come

Creekside Bible Church (CBC), formerly known as Grace Bible Fellowship (GBF), has sent a team to work with the boys every July for the last eight years. This year they couldn't come because of the Covid Virus. They also came every December with boxes of Christmas gifts for the boys. However, restrictions in Santa Clara County in CA would require a quarantine on their return, which would not be possible for church staff. The plan was to ship seven boxes to Ixtlahuacan prior to Christmas. However, the price was exorbitant, like $450 per box. Coincidentally Nancy and I were planning on spending Christmas with our family in Phoenix and drive our F-150 up to bring things to AZ and then return with other things. Checking on shipping costs, it was only $50 per box, a terrific savings. Now the challenge is whether we get the green light at the border (no Customs Check) or get the red light (Customs Check with unknown duty) Either way, we are bringing the boxes home in our truck, and will deliver them to Hope House.

The photo below is with the seven boxes already in the F-150 ready to go. It will be a belated Christmas for the boys. 
Financial Status
As Hope House continues to expand and improve facilities to provide for the boys, additional funds are always needed. Just remember, a donation doesn't just provide funds for a charitable organization, this is an investment in providing for the future for these boys. Your love and consideration for the boys is greatly appreciated.

HHCR is committed to provide financial support to meet budget requirements each month. At this point we have been blessed to provide for all operational expenses for the next two years.  But we need to go beyond that and that is what we will be seeking in the future. The projects, however, come out of reserves. We are looking for donors that might be willing to replenish these reserves so that there are funds available for future maintenance and repairs as well as unanticipated emergencies that may arise. 
Remember, HHCR has been approved by PayPal as a legitimate 501(c)3 charity. This makes HHCR part of the PayPal Giving Fund. The impact is that all donations made through the PayPal Giving Fund are free of any fees. And since HHCR operates without any management fees, every dollar donated through use of the PayPal Giving Fund button goes 100% to Hope House. Some of our donors have already made use of this opportunity to donate to HHCR.  Donations, including recurring donations can also be made via Clover Donations through our website, PayPal, bank transfer, or via check to our Laredo address.  At this time the PayPal Giving Fund only works for one-time donations. Recurring donations can be made through the regular PayPal link.

HHCR is now also registered for Electronic Fund Transfers (EFT) with Fidelity Charitable. 

You too can make a difference.

Even the smallest donation helps a boy have the safety, security, and love of a home environment, plus the education to succeed in life.

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