It was a busy "Back to School" time for us. We have a total of 17 children who are either going to Head Start or Kinder and First Grade. The rest of the kids (6) remain in the Home during school hours. We participated with Magic 95.1 and DDR, Corp in a fundraising event to collect school supplies for our children as well as others in the community. We also participated in the Annual United Way campaign for government workers along with employees from AEE and the PR Legislature. With a Grant from the PR Government we hired a part-time teacher to help our older kids keep up in school, so when they leave our Home they will be able to continue their development.
From a fiscal and management standpoint, we were audited by the Department of Justice and United Way, in both audits we received 100% compliance results. We are now in the process of our annual Financial Audit, which should be completed this quarter.
We want to thank various companies that participated in activities with our children and in maintenance and repair of our home: Walmart-Isabela "Regala un dia", Seemless/Hanes, Latin American Motorcycle Assoc and Honeywell Aerospace.
We also want to report that we are sponsoring students from the University of Puerto Rico, Aguadilla, Interamerican University and Universidad del Turabo. We have four students doing Social Work practice, three students working with our Psychologist and five students doing Volunteer work on a Communications project. We get to help them develop in their careers and they in turn help us with our kids.
Finally, as part of our Safety program, eight employees, including yours truly participated in a CPR certification course. We now have a larger amount of our employee population trained in this lifesaving technique.
This summer was quite busy for all at our Hogar Infantil Jesus Nazareno. First of all we had a group of five local teachers that provided activities for our children under the "Homeless" program of the Federal Government; we also sent our older kids to a local summer camp during the month of June.
In the area of fundraising, we held our annual "Bohemia" on april 26, to celebrate with our local individual donors. We also participated in the 2-14 USPS Food Drive where we received over thirty boxes filled with canned goods, some of which we shared with other local non-profits. We had a major activity sponsored by the radio station Majic 97.3, which resulted in various donations including TV set and video games for the children.
We were grateful to be the chosen entity by the Colegio de CPA de Puerto Rico and the Club Gallistico de Hatillo to be the recipient of their fundraising efforts.
Our major summer project was setting up a 45" trailer to be used for storage of records, obsolete equipment pending disposal and various items of clothing, toys and supplies. With the help of volunteers from the Calvary Baptist Church, 29 missionaries helped us clear out two classrooms which had been used as storage. These classrooms will now house the Social Workers and set up an area for therapies for our children. The volunteers spend three days cleaning, painting and moving items between the rooms and the new storage area.
We want to thank all the volunteers and contributors that helped make this summer activies a great success.
As usual, we had many visitors during the Holiday Season, bringing confort and many gifts to our children. We had visits from various Church groups as well as individual community organizatiuons such as: Clud de Oficinistas Mayaguezano, Asoc. de Carros Antiguos, Centro Rayitos de Luz, Lifetime, Herbalife, and InfoTech. We also had some Zumba instructors come in and had some fun times dancing with the kids and the "Facilitadoras" as well, even I jumped and danced a little bit.
We were chosen by the Medical Faculty of the Hospital Group of the "Hospital Buen Samaritano (Aguadilla) and San Carlos (Moca) to be the recipients of the proceeds of their annual Golf Tournament held at the Ramey Golf Course. We completed the cleanup and painting of our facilities and are currently working on the purchase of a trailed to be used for storage of excess materials and the complete revamping of the bathroom facilities for the children. We want to fix the bathrooms to make them more kid friendly and as safe as possible.
The time now is to prepare proposals for Justice Department funding and Legislative funds. We are working on these proposals which allow us to pay for the childrens caretakers.
We've had a busy fall and pre-Christmas activities to ready our Home for the Holiday season. Various groups of volunteers visited Hogar Infantil Jesus Nazareno to help us clean up and maintain our facilities. One group came on a saturday to clean up, and dispose of all unused and discarded assets that had been accumulating at the back of the house and around the grounds. Two groups participated in painting the two story building inside and out. Our volunteers included Unit 141 from the National Guard, a group from HANES brands, Inc. and a volunteer crew from HerbalLife. I am especially proud of my son Eddie, who came with some friends representing SAFEHOUSE MOVEMENT, used their vacation time in PR and spent two days building a security fence for the children. We continue to foster participation from the community using resources from the Interamerican University's Social Worker's Association. Our next big project will be the remodeling and upgrade of the bathrooms in the home to make them more kid friendly and safer, thanks to a grant obtained from Fundacion Angel Ramos.
Please check out the pictures of various groups of volunteers. We cannot use photos of the children in our care because they are under the care of Social Services.
We are happy to report that we have been approved a Legislative Grant for the tax year 2013-2014. Unfortunately we did not receive all the funds that we had requested so we will still be short of funds to cover both employees normally covered by that grant. We also received approval for a Grant from the Department of Justice under the Victims of Crime programs. We grew to a total of 21 kids, including five toddlers (less than a year old). That was a challenge for the summer season since school was out and we had all the kids in house all day. Summer camp activities were provided by a group called: "Mujeres de Fe". A local hotel - Villa Montana, offered the use of their facilities for our kids who spent a whole day of play and food provided by the employees of the hotel. We also had a group from the PR Government, Department of the Controller who provided gifts for the kids and all the supplies for the upcoming "back to school" season. Several other activities were held by local church groups, including "Toque de Amor", "Iglesia Adventista", and "Voces del Cielo".
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