A sincere thanks to everyone who continues to contribute to support or mission at Mary Open Doors. We can only be grateful for all that is given and for those whom we have been the privileged to serve. Life can sometimes become unbearable and one may feel downhearted facing domestic violence in the home, but with your compassion and support, there is hope for those in these situations.
Mary Open Doors is happy to inform you that over the past three months three families have moved from the shelter, and we welcome two new families during the start of our country lockdown. Both families were placed by the GOB. A twenty-five years old woman and an eighteen months old child and a forty-nine years old woman with three children ages seven years, five years and nine months. We have often shared our challenges and trials housing families, today we want to share the unity and compassion we experience as we work with these two families and others in our community. Listening and witnessing these two broken families coming together sharing was the start of their healing in the midst of the fear and uncertainties was an inspirational experience and will be treasured. We have also opened our doors during this covid19 crisis to a homeless person at the request of the San Ignacio Hospital and offered accommodation. Community members are assisting with the needs to aid this person. In the midst of this Covid19, we are seeing the unity and compassion of our community working to help each other in these troubling times. We can also report that in February we have been able to hire a full-time House Mother for the shelter with the support of the Ministry of Finance, Government of Belize. Thank you GOB for recognizing the need of the organization. Ms. Lucy Botea has joined the Mary Open Doors Family as our Shelter house mother. Through this time we were also assisted by Sacred Heart Parish, Mr. Chebet, and Sacred Heart College Alumni with food donation for several single-parent families. These families are severely affected due to the nature of their work to maintain their families. Some of these women are door to door vendors others do seasonal work.
Due to Covid19 we have closed our office (working from home performing basic office duties) but the shelter remains open, we are also in the process of securing our new Board of Directors to continue to meet the requirements of the government and function as a legitimate community organization. As we move forward it is our hope that we will be able to overcome our financial challenges due to this new economic situation in our country. Efforts continue as we seek to make the final payment on the purchasing of our shelter. The administration will be looking at creative ideas to continue to fundraise under the current circumstance, nonetheless, we will remain positive that we will eventually achieve our goal. We believe there is strength in unity and all this is possible through God.
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