School is out for the vast majority of the boys of Casa Hogar. It’s an exciting time for the boys as they look forward to much more free time and fun activities. In particular the boys are excited about their summer swimming lessons and their summer road trip. The boys will spend a week exploring their home State and spending some time camping at the beach accompanied by our staff. They will take in some cultural sites along the way.
But it’s also a time to say goodbye to some of our boys who will be reunited with family members. Ultimately this is the goal of Casa Hogar; to see the boys reunited with a loving family member capable of caring for the child. The State-level child protection agency has identified a few out-of-state extended families suitable to receive custody of their young relatives. In these cases, the care of the boys is provided to Aunts & Uncles or Grandparents. We trust that these new living arrangements will be beneficial for the boys and we will maintain communication with their families in case we can be of assistance during this transition.
We are often asked, “What happens to the boys when they turn 18 years old?” Each situation is unique and dependent on several factors. But a new alternative is now available. Casa Hogar is very pleased to announce the new, onsite Transition Home. Jonathan, who recently turned 18 years old has university aspirations but still has one year of high school to be completed. As the first resident of the Transition Home, Jonathan rolled up his sleeves to clean and paint his modest, ground floor, studio apartment. The space is equipped with a 3-piece bathroom and several new, donated items including an air conditioning unit and a mini-fridge. Jonathan will continue to benefit from home cooked meals from the Casa Hogar kitchen. Jonathan’s living arrangement entails 20 hours of work contribution to Casa Hogar per week. Congratulations Jonathan. We are very proud of you!
Casa Hogar Girls
In our last newsletter we shared that a local university’s Architectural Program had been working on creating designs for Casa Hogar Girls. The final projects were formally submitted earlier this month. Our Building Committee is very pleased with this exercise as new, strong ideas were presented. We are working on the necessary list of required adjustments and the polishing work will be done by an experienced Architect. The selected design will be determined by our Board of Directors.
Victor Manuel aspired to study Marine Biology in La Paz but last year’s admission exams results were just shy of the requirements. 19 year old Victor Manuel spent the past few months working part-time with a Photographer and along the way he decided to apply for a Linguistic Arts Program right here in Cabo San Lucas. The day to check admissions arrived and Omar drove Victor Manuel to UABCS University. While Omar waited in the car, Victor Manuel reviewed the admissions list. His body language told Omar the whole story; his name was not on the list! “Are you sure?” Omar asked.“Yes, I checked several times, I didn’t get accepted.” Replied Victor Manuel. “Go back in there knock on the office door and ask.” Instructed Omar firmly. When Victor Manuel came back out to the car, his body language again told the whole story, “They reviewed the documents and realized that my paperwork was misfiled. I passed the admissions test!” Congratulations to Victor Manuel who will start his university studies August 5th. YES!
Global Wellness Day
On June 10th, Las Ventanas al Paraiso Resort welcomed some of the boys and staff of Casa Hogar to participate in Global Wellness Day along with their hotel employees and guests. An on the beach fitness program was enjoyed followed by a beautiful, healthy breakfast. The younger boys received a private tour of the kitchen and wouldn’t you know, received a handful of chocolate chip cookies are their way out. The morning was a great reminder that we have paradise in our backyard here in Los Cabos.
Casa Hogar is fortunate to receive the visits of several wonderful guests and volunteers. Aunt Bonnie is a long time visitor. She recently graced Casa Hogar with her presence spending time showing affection to the boys and staff. Throughout the year Bonnie prays for the boys of Casa Hogar and eagerly looks forward to her Cabo San Lucas visits. She brings gifts and donations that she’s collected on behalf of Casa Hogar throughout the year and helps with cleaning and dish duty. It’s really amazing to witness how Casa Hogar is a magnet for great people. We are so fortunate to have a large network of caring individuals both locally and far away.
Save the Date for our Golf Tournament!
Please save the date for the annual FORE the Kids golf tournament and festivities. With exceptional golf, food, prizes and fun we will kick off the golf season with this must-attend event. We look forward to seeing you there!