Oct 11, 2019

Beginning the School Year

As of August of this year our girls and teens have started the new school year, each of them is being motivated to become aware of the responsibility they should have towards their studies and their importance for their wellbeing and future. They are guided to understand that work and effort are indispensable for mastery and healthy management of reality.

We have observed our girls and teens to be in high spirits, cheerful and willing to take on their responsibilities as they complete school and home assignments and tasks, an develop sound study habits. Welcoming our girls and teens in an environment of love and understanding helps them feel valued and loved while building self-confidence.

To have the opportunity to accompany each one of our residents in this process is for us a sacred gift that God has placed before us.

Aug 26, 2019

Summer Update

Finishing exterior paint work
Finishing exterior paint work

During the summer months of June through August Painting work was completed, Roofing sealing work is 75% completed and security components like fire alarms and diesel tank for generator have been installed and tested successfully. As of September, we will begin working on construction of vehicle hangar as the last component of project. This component of the project has taken a little more time than anticipated given busy schedules of contractor very engaged with reconstruction projects. Good contractors who are FEMA code licensed are not readily available. Regarding funding under GlobalGiving, we have not received individual donations for this project, but we do anticipate grants from FEMA under 404 mitigation program to cover about 90% of costs of what remains of this project. 

Hangar Construction Area
Hangar Construction Area
Jul 12, 2019

End of School Year - Academic Performance

Collage of Acedemic Ceremonies and Summer Camp
Collage of Acedemic Ceremonies and Summer Camp

During the past school year 2018-2019, Hogares Teresa Toda provided services to a total of 31 girls and adolescents victims of different types of abuse and the impossibility of custodial care by their own family. Of these girls and adolescents, 20 managed to complete the 2018-2019 school year as residents under our care. A total of 7 girls did not complete the year because they were returned to their biological homes, or with family resources and some relocated to other residential programs. Another 4 girls were not enrolled in schools because they entered our program at the end of the school year.

Fifteen of our residents were enrolled in private schools and 9 in public schools. In addition, a total of 3 residents benefited from private schools specializing in special/individualized education.

As part of the services provided, all the girls and adolescents served benefited from tutoring and supervised studies from Monday to Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. These services were provided in a purely educational environment with the aim of promoting effective study habits. As a result:

·       80% of the residents obtained a GPA between 2.8 and 3.5 while 100% approved all basic skills and were promoted to the next academic level.

·       An improvement in the academic performance was noted between the first academic semester and the second semester (from 84 average to 89%).

·       Four of our residents managed to be part of the Honor Roll of their respective educational centers.

·       100% of the residents who required services of the Special Education Program of the Department of Education, received the therapeutic services of; speech and language, psychological, occupational and other related services.

·       One of our residents completed high school with an average of 3.5 and was accepted at the University of Puerto Rico.

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