Jul 7, 2021

Preparing for the Hurricane Season

Generator and Diesel Tank
Generator and Diesel Tank

Greetings to all our wonderful donors.  Thank you for believing in us and supporting our mission of sheltering girls’ victims of traumatic experiences. It is our main goal to provide a safe environment, make them feel in a family environment while we work on helping them heal their trauma.  

It is the time of the year that we need to prepare for an active hurricane season at the Atlantic Ocean.  The season started in June 1st and last until November 30th.  After learning from a great experience like the Hurricane Maria, it our aim to assure that we can grant the power supply to the organization during an emergency like that.  In Maria, many places in Puerto Rico, including our location, stayed without power for more months.  We were able to maintain the electricity through an industrial generator.  This equipment allowed us to continue the services to the population served.  

We have completed a full maintenance of the equipment at a cost of $10,000 are happy to report that we are ready for the Hurricane Season.  Power generator and Water Cisterns are ready to run in case of a water or electricity shortage.  In terms safety, solar spotlights  were installed throughout he facility.  

Regarding other repairs at the Hogar we proud to announce that we completed the transformation of the living room in one of the houses into a bedroom to accommodate any participant with mobility challenges.  The room is wheelchair accessible and bathroom included.  

The construction of a ramp to comply with the ADA Act is still pending. More funds are needed to complete this phase.  We encourage our donors to support us in this endeavor to provide equal access for people with disabilities.  Thank you and God Bless!

Cistern 1
Cistern 1
Jun 28, 2021

Goal Met

Participants 1
Participants 1

Greetings to all our donors and once again thank you for all your support throughout the three projects that Teresa Toda has with GlobalGiving.  2020 was a year to remember, not only for the difficult that was to deal with a deadly pandemic, but also and more important, for how people around the world got connected with the same purpose, help other survive and manage turbulent moments.  We became resilient one more time.  

It is with the same joy described above that Teresa Toda announces that the funds to purchase the freezer were collected throughout donations from donors like you and other foundations.  This is a great example of how the teamwork, and the goodwill of many people make great things happen.  This achievement has a direct impact on the life of the girls we serve.  We will be able to have a better nutritional offer and keep the food with the correct temperature to granted food safety.  

The freezer that the organization needs is an industrial one.   Unfortunately, even though that the money has been obtained, we have not been able to find a vendor with the merchandize.  All efforts are now to contact vendor and complete the purchase of the equipment.  We will keep you post it!

Apr 29, 2021

Getting Ready for a Successful Accreditation

At Hogares Teresa Toda the quality of the services and the care to our participants is the priority.  For the last six months we have been preparing for a CARF accreditation.  The process has been very gratifying as we, under the scope of an accreditation process, are visualizing the amount of the work that we do and the outcomes.

One of the main goals in our program is to become a Trauma Informed-Center.  We want resilient girls coming out of our program with many possibilities to get a full reintegration.  Below are some of the major outcomes and we want to share with all our donors in gratitude for their support:

1. The Clinical Staff has received certification on Basic Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and CBT Therapy for Children and Adolescent focused on Puerto Rican   Children.

2. Participants are receiving TF-CBT on a weekly basis.   

3. All participants received training on computers basic skills included but not limited to Word, Teams, Power Point, Online search, Excel, etcetera.  The trainings are based on the level of the participants. 

4. 3. The grade average for the first trimester in school was 87%; on the third trimester went up to 90%.  

5. A second nurse was hired.  She is in charge of COVID-19 infection control and prevention education.  Ever since the pandemic started, there has been no positive cases among our participants.  

6. All participants receive recurrent screenings for trauma-related needs with evidence-based standardized instruments.  

7. A Vocational Counselor has been hired.  All eligible participants have a vocational plan completed.  Two participants have been accepted in College.  

8. All staff have been trained on the Family First Act.  

9. All participants have an independent certified nutritional plan.  

10. A comprehensive Health & Safety Plan was implemented.  Regular Medical, Utility Failure, Active Shutter and Natural Disaster Drills have been implemented with 100% of the staff and participants. 

11.  Satisfactions questionnaires are being distributed to the participants.  The satisfaction rate is more than 90%. 

12. 100% of the participants have received annual/semi-annual medical evaluations. 

At Hogares Teresa Toda we work hard to provide not only a home and family environment to our participants but a high-quality care to optimize every tiny possibility of resilience on them.  

Thank you for all your support.  

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