Each time we go on a house building mission to Mexico, Jeff and I reflect on how grateful we are to be able to be of service. We are continually moved by the generosity of our donors to send us out on this work, and we are especially moved by the heart and soul of the families we build for. We were blessed on this mission to have with us, another of my Dominican University of California work colleagues, Henry Jamison, Sr.
And, we are, of course, always grateful for the work of Amor.org and the pastors in Mexico that make it possible for us, and all who wish to participate, to come to Mexico to help families stay together.
On this mission there were three families who received homes, built by a group of over 60 folks from across the United States. The home that Jeff, Henry and I worked on was for the Munguia Lopez family. The neighborhood was in eastern Tijuana, in the town of Valle Verde where the streets in the neighborhood were names like Valor, Dignity, Cooperation, and in our case, Sincerity. These street names were especially poignant because we saw how the family we built for, and their neighbors, came together not only in the building of the house, but also recently during a terrible tragedy. Only one month before our arrival, the father of our family, Norberto, lost his home to a devastating fire. The fire leveled Norberto’s home and several others. But the most tragic loss was that of Norberto’s 32-year old son, Manuel, and Norberto’s best friend, Jorge, when the fire caused the house to collapse as Manuel raced back in to save Jorge.
Each family that we have built for in our twenty years of mission work has had a unique story and they have often expressed to us how their home will be the beginning of a great new chapter – for Norberto it will be a bittersweet new chapter, the joy of a new home tempered by the grief of his loss. His surviving children and grandchildren do live close by, and one of his daughters, Veronica, and her three young children, will be moving into the new house with Norberto.
In this time in the world it can feel like things are falling apart, and in Norberto’s world, that is most true. But, at the same time, there is hope, there is cooperation, there is dignity, and there is valor – in every word and deed we have the ability to make the world a better place with love, and with sincerity.
Thank you to our many donors for your generosity toward our upcoming House Building Mission to Mexico and our donation visit to Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage. With your contributions we will be able to bring a first time Mexico House Building team member, Henry Jamison, Sr., with us on the trip. On our way, we will be dropping off a truck full of supplies, diapers, and clothing – and a check for $400! – to Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage. We look forward to sharing more photos and stories from our trip when we return. Thank you for helping us help families and children in need, and share love, generosity, and understanding across cultures.
Tijuana, Mexico: House building for the Sarabia-Diaz family. Their new home is next door to their parents and grandparents homes where the family raises their own goats, rabbits, and chickens. Pablo works at one of the factories in town and Luz works at a local grocery store. Pablo and Luz are expecting their first child in December and they are grateful that they will now have a safe home, close to their parents, so they can all be together when the baby comes.
The house building team, thanks to Amor.org, consisted of folks of all ages from Henderson, Nevada; Southern California; and Northern California. The Northern California crew, representing LifeSupportM.org, was Jeff, Leona, and Daniel Estrada (Leona’s work colleague at Dominican University of California).
Thanks to our generous LifeSupportM.org donors, and the Dominican University of California’s Kathryn McGovern Community Service Award, for helping us raise the funds for the mission – especially since it gave us the ability to welcome Daniel to the Life Support Crew! And, thank you to all the administrative staff, Mexico pastors, camp staff, field staff, and fellow team members that make these missions possible.
p.s. The week before we built for the Sarabia-Diaz family, Jeff built a double wide home for a family just down the street. So many blessings for making good things happen in the world!
Co-Founder, Jeff Davidson, from Marin County, traveled to Tijuana, Mexico, and Tecate, Mexico for a house building mission. Jeff spent three weeks working in collaboration with Amor.org and the amazing youth volunteers from across the US and with other mentors working directly with the youth.
This project worked on 20 houses, completing 15 of them, for local at-risk and impoverished families. Jeff also delivered a donation of $255.00 (US) to the Casa Hogar Sion Orphanage to assist them in furthering their mission of providing shelter and support to orphan children. The money goes towards necessities such as clothing, shoes, and toiletries.
Tijuana, Mexico: Building homes and building relationships!
Thank you to our generous donors for helping us make good things happen in the world!
Along with learning how to garden, compost and care for chickens and the land, LifeSupportM.org’s COMFY Garden youth volunteers discuss, explore, and practice a broader set of life skills in the areas of Money Management, Time Management, Leadership and Ethics, Relationships, Listening Without Fixing, Team Building, and Life Planning. Looking forward to seeing what grows from the seeds of life that are planted this spring!
Thank you team members, donors, family, and friends for sending us out
into the world to do good works – and congratulations, Brooke, on
accomplishing the first leg of your around the world adventure!
Life Support Intern and Administrative Apprentice, Brooke Griffin, is getting ready to embark on a life journey!
First stop is Tecate, Mexico, to build homes for families. Then she will embark on a seven month around the world trip from Mexico, to New Zealand, to Southeast Asia, to Europe, and then back home again. She is setting out on this journey to explore the way that people find happiness and life’s purpose while living and surviving in their every day lives. She will be writing, recording, and photographing her experiences to share as she goes along with hopes of writing a book about her experiences upon her return.
Brooke’s job at Life Support has been to care for the COMFY Garden, keep our offices in order, and work with our social enterprise clients doing bookkeeping, office administration, office organization, and personal and professional support. We at Life Support are so happy to have Brooke as a team member to help make good things happen in the world!
If you would like to read more about Brooke and donate to her fund, click here!
Thank you Amor, volunteer house building crews, family and friends,
and LifeSupportM.org donors!