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June 2022 Happenings
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Hope House in Mexico



"Everyhting Cotinnues to be Good"

 
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 Ixtlahuacan 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.
Our Boys
 
Hope House remains at 17 boys. Unfortunately Jorge, one of the youngest boys, has left and is now living with his uncle.. This is the hard part of Hope House, seeing the younger boys being moved around although he is with family again. Apparently his uncle is a great person, so that is comforting to know..

The photo below is of the latest addition, His name Emilio and he is three years old.  He just entered Hope House a few days ago. Hope House welcomes him and hope and pray that his stay will be a blessing.

Hope House is still looking to continue growth as the facilities, staff, and finances have the ability to support more.
Introducing the Boys
 
This boy for this month is Juan Antonio, also known simply as Toño. The following are words from Annel:

This is Juan Antonio, he is 16 years old and he is a few days away from his 17th birthday. Toño, how we call him, is one of the young people who has been at Casa Hogar the longest. He is one of our adolescents who has had the most changes and growth in this time, we have had the joy of seeing him grow and develop in these years. He is currently in high school and is about to pass the 3rd semester. Now one of his goals is to finish high school and be able to study for a university degree.

His favorite sport is soccer and his color is yellow.

One of his favorite foods is tacos.

Toño is a young man who has a good future ahead of him and he hopes that each of the tools given at this time will help him to be a good man.


Toño is one of the boys in Walt's English Class.  

The two photos below are of Juan Antonio. The first is a more formal portrait and the second is of him having fun on a parallel bar. Toño thinks he is really cool and so it was challenge to get his attention in class. However, he was also taking English in Public school and he found with the additional class at Hope House his school English grades went up from below 10% to 100%. He then really got engaged and did all his English homework.
 Another Birthday
 
A month can't go by without a birthday. This time Emanuel is the lucky one. He is now 10 years old. Happy Birthday Emanuel. The photos below show his celebration with other members of Hope House.
 Special Times with the Boys
On occasion the boys get treated to visit a local park and have some fun time, like playing soccer.  The photos below show almost all the boys visiting a park with some of the staff. As typical boys, in the first photo you can see some of the boys ham it up for the camera. They are abused or lonely boys that now have a normal family life, mind you a big family, but just the same. So they have found their "happy place" in life thanks to  our donors.
José, Annel's dad, took the older boys for a special treat for all the work they do in the aquaponics.. The photo below shows the four older boys with him. They are, from left to right, Josué, Hugo, Cristian and Toño,  who is featured in this newsletter, with José in the middle. Josué, Cristian and Toño are in Walt's English class. Clearly this was special outing since from the last photo it is obvious that there was fish barbeque involved, one of the primary products of the aquaponics.. Judging by the siz of the fish, the aquaponics is doing very well.
This photo needed to be included. This Jaime (Jimy) who has worn glasses since he came to Hope House several years ago.  This set of glasses is colored yellow, and judging by his shirt, his favorite color. Getting new glasses like this gives him a real sense of belonging to a family and being loved, the goal of Hope House. Just a small but very important item.
Scholarship Program
 
One of HHCR's generous donors has raised the question of a scholarship program. The timing is very appropriate as some of the boys are 16 and 17 years old and university is a distinct possibility in the next year or so, as is the case with Toño featured earlier in this newsletter.. University is very affordable in Mexico. For example, an architecture degree can be obtained from a private university for approximately $150 per month. So it is doable. Other considerations are, are the boys interested and motivated to pursue a degree and/or have they met entrance requirements. Because of their backgrounds the lack of preparatory school can be challenge. However Hope House tutors the boys for this possibility. The one or two year time frame allows working out some of these issues. However, it will be good to have a scholarship program in place.

The question is, would there be sufficient interest for Hope House to pursue such a program? Feedback would be greatly appreciated as many issues need to be resolved and a one to two year timeframe helps.
Van Replacement
 
Since making the announcement about needing a new van and the generous and timely gift that we received, another donor donated a significant amount of money. There were matching funds with his place of employment so the amount received is doubled. However, we are still looking for a bit more. HHCR has provided additional funds in order to expedite purchase.  If someone feels they would like to replenish the reserve funds it would be most helpful!

The HHCR website provides the capability to direct funds for the purchase of a van. Click on "Donate via Hope House Children's Relief Website" below and then click on "Van". If you use PayPal Giving Fund, reply with an email designating the van as the desired donation
Hope House Videos

Last December we gave a link to a Hope House promotional video. It can be found here. Another video was made when the Creekside Bible Church team was at Hope House. It can be found here. If you have never been to visit Hope House as a team, you can see from the videos how special that time is. Just contact us here and we will set things up for you.
Donation Options
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. 

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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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