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October 2019 Happenings
for Hope House in Mexico
Here is our monthly (más o menos) newsletter to keep our friends and family updated on what is happening with HHCR and Hope House in 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 and Their Activities

This past month, two of our boys left Hope House. The first was Emmanuel, the baby boy that came a few months ago. He was only going to be there for a few months but still, having him leave comes with some heartache because you learn to love the boys rapidly. Emmanuel has gone to be with another good home that is equipped to take care of babies and it looks like an excellent fit. The other is Tadeo who went to live with his aunt and her family. He seems to be well adjusted with this change but again, mixed emotions - glad for him to now be in a good home with family, but sorry to see him go. The total now is 17, including Ulises.

The photo below is of the 17 boys now in Hope House.
There are always more boys that the State would like to place with us.  The challenge continues to be operational funds. This has given HHCR the opportunity to try and meet the monthly operational budget, which we have been able to do recently, as noted in the section below on funds. As we have mentioned, not knowing if or when another large donation might come in makes us hold back on committing further resources toward operations.
We always like to include random photos of the boys so you can share the impact Hope House has on their lives. The collage below is a selection of random photos take over the last month.. We are always amazed at how Hope House feels like one large family of all boys. 
Work Shop Repairs
We had reported in a previous newsletter that the workshop needed steel beams and columns put in place to support the weight of the second floor. This work was completed some time ago and has significantly improved structural stability. However, there was one wall that was taking the brunt of the weight prior to the steel beams and columns. This was a wall that had three roll-up doors that obviously did not provide enough structural support. Significant cracks began to appear in that wall. This past month all of the equipment in the workshop was removed so that the wall could be rebuilt, this time without the roll-ups.

The collage below shows some of the boys helping volunteers empty the workshop, except for the heaviest equipment. The steel beam and columns can be seen in the top photo on the right and in the center photo.
With donated funds, the door openings were filled with concrete blocks and reinforced columns. The collage below shows various stages of the construction. Note that great care has been exercised so that the plaques honoring various donors remain intact.
Vaccination Day
Health is an important issue with Hope House. This includes requiring vaccinations. The collage below shows this experience for the boys. 
Aquaponics Repair
Last August we reported the aftermath of a surprise hail storm that inundated Ixtlahuacan. One of the structures impacted was the aquaponics. Some of our donors graciously responded and provided funds to repair the aquaponics structure and other damage as well. With the funds available, a quick repair was all that was possible, but it was sufficient. However, the shade cloth covering still had some holes that allowed birds to enter and damage the garden, and the superstructure needed to be made more robust. Lakeside Charities graciously provided funds to complete the repairs. The collage below shows the structure being repaired and is now completely functional and safe once more.
Thank You, Thank You, Thank You!!
Last month we mentioned various companies that will match employee contributions to a charity like Hope House, dollar for dollar. The result is that for each dollar someone donates, Hope House would receive two. Several more of our donors have applied for this through their work, increasing monthly donations a noticeable amount. However, some companies will match dollar for dollar any gifts made for the previous 12 month period. We have received some funds in that category as well, which is extremely helpful. If you have been a donor to HHCR, consider if your donations and your employer fall into that category. We will give this some time to see how much settles out to monthly recurring giving. With these additional funds we may be able to provide Hope House the ability to support additional boys. This would would mean that more young men would have hope for the future and not exist on the street trying to survive.

If your company offers matching donations, you need to sign up. Also let us know if your company requires specific receipts from us beyond what Clover Donations provides. We continue to look for new recurring donors as well so that Hope House can support even more boys.
In-house Tutor and Workshop Instructor
Hope House is extremely grateful for the response received in providing scholarship funds for the boys' education. One of the strains on the daily budget is tutoring boys in their regular schooling. The tutoring program is very successful, and the boys in this program are performing significantly better in school as a result. A tutor in the morning works with the boys attending school in the afternoon, and a tutor in the afternoon helps the boys attending school in the morning. The cost is $75 USD per tutor per week, or $150 per week for all tutoring. If you would like to help with this, it makes a huge difference in giving the boys hope for the future. Donations can be made here.

Hope House is currently needing to add a teacher in the woodwork shop. Hope House has one of the most complete workshops in the area that is now primarily used to complete projects. We have been blessed with this workshop and it is beneficial and prudent to use it for training the boys in carpentry, as there is always a market for young men skilled in carpentry in the area. Donations can be made at the same link above. Two classes per week, each of three hours, is the goal.
Sponsor a Child
Just to remind you that Hope House has a program available for donors who would enjoy sponsoring a particular boy.  In this program a specific boy would be assigned to you. More information on how this program works, and how you can be part of it can be obtained by contacting Karlee here.  This program is administrated through Shepherd's Heart Ministries, one of many partners in supporting Hope House.
Financial Status
HHCR recurring donations have remained constant to get us to 80% of our goal of $2,000. However, as mentioned above, some of our donors have been able to receive matching dollars from their employers. At the  moment we seem to have exceeded our goal. of $2,000, as indicated in our thermometer on the right. We will review the full impact once this settles out. A seemingly small thing like applying for matching donations through your employer can have a huge impact. We would love to be able to raise the monthly goal  so that Hope House will be able to take in more boys. 

Hope House also still has an urgent special need goal of $2,000 monthly for health insurance for the employees, some of which has been offset by additional donations.  It is not only a desirable benefit but it is mandated by the Mexican government.. You can read more on the need at this link.

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