Come, walk with me, let me show you our children’s ways.
We enjoy a great summer at summer camps, museums, at the zoo and a lot of other fun places. Now we are at the beginning of school time.
Hi! My name is José (fictional name for confidentiallity) I’m eight years old, I was removed from my home went I was four. I received a lot of abuse from my parents, but what it hurt the most is that they are not fighting to get me back, to have me at their home again. I have three siblings, they are living in another home, I see them every now and then, but we still see each other with love. Since I was removed from my home I’ve lived in seventeen homes, because I have son hostility issues, you may imagine how I feel, very insecure; I have the feeling that nobody loves me.
Now I’m not afraid that I will have to move again and again until they have a family and/or a home for me to stay. I feel more stable, I’ve lived in Regazo de Paz for the last two years and now I feel very happy, I have good grades, I share my toys and time with the kids that live at the Home, and we feel like a big family. This year, with the help of the Tutors, I will be in the honor group, I’m working hard. I’ve receive psychological treatment to help me heal from my fears and my aggressive conduct, today I can say I feel very good, working on it, but I feel very happy. I'm learning how to use the computer and many other things, thank you.
This just one of our children’s experiences at the Home, we feel very bless to be part of it. You are and important part of our children’s achievements.
We received bicycles donated; our children are celebrating to have new ones to play.
The kids went they arrive; they only have the clothes they are using at the moment. At the Home we are constantly asking for funds to buy them for all their needs and to provide for their medical services. We feel very grateful for your respond to our children’s needs. Help them achieve their goals, to have new homes, to have a child’s live, to make them smile again, that’s our main goal.
We are selling t-shirts to raise funds for the Home, “went you give your hand, it will have positive messages”. It has a hand full of positive messages, to show the world everything could be better with love and a positive attitude.
THANK YOU!! You are part of our children’s lives, helping us to provide for all their needs. Come and visit us!
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELPING HAND AND A BLESS HEART!
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We celebrated our children’s birthdays, for some of them it was the first time to have a birthday cake, a party and new toys, you can imagine their faces, some were surprised some even show tears. We feel very bless to be part of their lives, and you are part of this too.
Our doors were open this year to received kids with special needs; various health conditions; allergies, ADD and other. They received special care, medication and they visit specialized doctors. All of those services and medications were paid with the donation of the Club of Uncles/Aunts and other donation; some doctor gave their services without charge, some were paid with the donations we received from our donors.
SUMMER IS HERE!!
The school semester is over, and we begin the summer! …but before…
This past semester was with a lot of challenges for our kids, because some of them required a lot of help, because they did not know how to read and/or write, some were lost in their grades. Our Tutors worked with them everyday…now: we have two trophies, two medals and a lot of good grades and, of course, a lot of happy faces because they experience that, even it were a very hard work, it was worth it, a great achievements from our children. We feel very happy for them and we give a STANDING OVATION FOR THEM!
Thank you: Iris and Marilyn our Tutors that are sponsor by the Banco Popular Foundation and Wanda and Stephanie that are from the Homeless Program, you all are helping me, thank you for pushing me to study and get good grades, to teach me how to read. I always remember when you told me that I was very smart, very important and “you can” are words that will be with me always.
We start the first of June in a summer camp in Boys and Girls Club. It will be very special to our oldest kids. They will have sports, new friends, visit museum and other interesting places, besides they will learn values and much more. We feel very bless that we can give them this opportunity because they will attend free of charge, THANK YOU Boys and Girls Club.
In July we are planning on having a summer camp in the Home with visits to various places, pools, the Zoo, Children’s Museum and others.
They will receive some tutoring to make sure that they will be ready went the school semester begin. At the Home they learn how to use the computer with educational games, adequate for their age.
On this time of the year, summer, we will receive various visits; they play with them and show them how to play basketball, volleyball, and other sports, some bring clothes and other things for the children. We feel very GRATEFULL for all your time and demonstration of love…TO ALL OF YOU, OUR FRIENDS THAT LOVE THE CHILDREN OF REGAZO DE PAZ.
2015…going to 2016…
We are in the expectation of this year, with the changes in the distribution of the funds from some of our sponsor and/or the government, the redistribution of the funds will affect us, as other organizations. The donations we received goes to provide: clothes, for their basic needs, food, access to specialized medical services, therapy, transportation to school and other appointments, and others. But we feel hopeful because of the hearts of those persons that love our children. We continue looking forward to do everything they may need and work for our kids and the kids that we will receive in the future.
→ This past months we were working with the vehicles of the Home, because they need to be replace. We have a used van and it is not as big as we need to move all the kids at once; and now it is having a lot of mechanical problems. We need a van to transport the kids to the school, medical appointments, therapy, recreational activities and others. We are hoping that you may help us get a new van; our kids need to be move to many places and we want to provide for them everything they need.
We estimate the cost in $20,000 to get, probably a used one, but in good conditions.
WE CELEBRATED OUR TWENTY ANNIVERSARY!!
In April, we celebrated our Twentieth Anniversary…it was great celebration, we did an Open House…this year we have a “Travel in an airplane with our kids”, consist of stations in which the visitors have the chance to visit the Home, know more about our history, where oriented in how to sponsor a kid and the Home and they received a lot of love from our kids and our staff. We have ponies, jumping house, popcorn and a lot of other goodies. Jet Blue sponsor our celebration with snacks and some gifts.
We recognize our employees for the years of service; some for their twenty years, other fifteen, twelve, ten and three years of being part of our team.
TWENTY YEARS, 537 KIDS, MANY BLESSINGS! IT IS A PREVILEGE OF BEING PART OF THEIR LIVES.
WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR HELPING HAND AND A BLESS HEART!
Walk with us and enjoy the happiness of our children-You are part of their achievements
These past months we have a lot to share with you:
Our kids enjoy Christmas; they received toys, clothes and many other presents. The Extra Bases gave them a tablet with educational games as their Christmas wish. It was a beautiful time; our children received visits from people interested in helping them to achieve some of their goals as having a bicycle and/or a basket ball.
We received other kids; some are siblings from a new born of then days to twin sisters of six years old. At the moment we have a boy that it’s being with us for almost a year and a half, he is growing to be a gentlemen a great student, we are very proud of him.
In January our kids start at school, some of them are from Head Start to third grade. Our Tutors are working with them to help them in their studies. Some of them have problems at school, some do not know the letters and/or how to read and/or write their name because the lack of interest from their parents.
During this past month we have the privilege of serving fifteen kids. Some needed special care as a neurologist and a physical therapy. There are three receiving therapy from our Psychologist to help them, another one is receiving speech therapy. We are experiencing the happiness of seen them recover and enjoying every day as they achieve new changes in their health and/or conduct.
We continue serving as many kids as we can, our Home is open to help them in every way they may need. Our personnel is compromise with our children in a special way, some of our Caregivers has being with us for many years, they have the experience and the heart to help our kids.
This past year we started a vegetable garden, it have grow to provide for the Home and to sell some products so we can get funds to provide for our children, for their needs.
You are an important part of everything that is happening at Hogar de Niños Regazo de Paz, and we feel very bless of having you as part of our team.
The translation of “Hogar de Niños Regazo de Paz” is: Home for kids, a lap of peace
Together we raise our voice against child abuse. Thank You!
God bless you,
Magdalena Jimenez Jaume, Director
Hogar de Niños Regazo de Paz (Home for Children, Lap of Peace)
We have provided services that include, but are not limited to: clothes, shelter, nutritional needs, complete medical care, transportation to/from school, the services of a psychologist, psychiatrist, occupational therapist, and speech therapist, after-school tutoring by professional tutors, community excursions, recreation (to museums, the circus, the beach, etc.), and participation in organized sports teams and summer camp. Thus, our vision is to provide children- battered, abused, abandoned, or victimized by domestic violence- with a home where their basic and emotional needs will be met, thereby offering them an environment that fosters the happy, healthy development of their character.
We also work to eradicate the instance of child abuse in our community by conducting educational workshops in schools and community settings which discuss what constitutes child abuse, and how to effectively prevent it.
Since our official opening in 1995, we have provided our services to 437 boys and girls from all over Puerto Rico. Not only this, but we have placed 52 boys and girls into the loving hands of foster families for the adoption process.
Our Main Goal - Fill their life’s with love and hope
In May we received the surprise of one of our boys: when he came to the Home he was not doing any good at school, he lived in thirteen homes before he came to us. He has been with us for one year, now. In May he received a trophy and a medal in his graduation, with the help of our Tutors he graduated with honors.
We received a baby boy, four month old, he was diagnost with a syndrome that he will not be able to walk; with the therapy and care of our personnel now he is one year old and he is starting to walk. He is doing great and the doctors are doing new labs to see what did the job. We think is the love and care at the Home.
This summer the children were at the Zoo, summer Camps, to Arecibo Light House and other places, we want for them to have every experience they could have, to receive everything they may need, and to enjoy life as a child.
At the beginning of the school period, we have ten kids for the school semester, from Head Start to third grade. Our Tutors are helping them in every way possible to accomplish their school goals of good grades.
This year we started a vegetable garden, to provide food for the Home and to be able to sell some products and get additional funds for the Home.
We were able to buy new beds for the kids, boys and girls.
In August we have a Rubber Duck Race to raise some funds to provide medical supplys and medical services for our kids. We receive de help of Hewlett Packard, Honeywell, Lifescan, Axon, FedEx and other voluntieers.
This are just a few stories of our children's accomplishments.
We work with a staff that is on payroll: 14 Caregivers, Social Worker, Nurse, Cookers, Service Coordinator, maintenance personnel and administrative personnel. There is a Board of Directors who is in charge that the vision and the mission of the organization get accomplished. This personnel are the ones our children see as their help, who care for them, give them hope, love and for all they may need in a process that is very painfull for the kids, helping them heal and be happy kids.
We were monitored by the Department of Justice, Department of the Family, Audited by a CPA annually, and by others organizations and agencies who provide funds. We are thrill to have a 100% of accomplishments in these evaluations.
At the moment we have at the Home fourteen kids, the youngest is a month old and the oldest is seven years old. The baby came went he was four days old. We received four families of siblings, which help in the healing of the traumatic life they, at a young age, have to live. Some of our children have various health conditions and we are continuously working to raise funds to pay for their medical attention and their medicines, besides to provide for all their needs.
Were you to support our efforts, your donation would play a direct role in providing for not only the critical needs of children on an island composed of an almost entirely Hispanic population, half of which works at or below the poverty line, and thus depends on some form of U.S. government financial aid (Women Infants and Children plan, Welfare, food stamps, etc.)—but more specifically for the abused, neglected, and/or abandoned children within that category of the economically disadvantaged. Additionally, your support would minister to the prevention of child abuse and neglect, thereby helping to eliminate the environment of illness and violence-related injury that far too many of the children of Puerto Rico currently endure.
We, at the Home, feel very honor and grateful for the blessing of serving the children, who show us the way every day to bless and be bless by them.
We feel honor for your help and we want to congratulate you because you are part of their accomplishments.
Thank you and God bless you
At Regazo de Paz (Lap of Peace) we feel very bless to work with children, to be part of their life and to walk towards their goals.
We want you to feel part of this project and enjoy the ride.
Be part of a child’s life, they deserve to be protected, happy, healthy and loved. Helps us continue helping our children in need.
Raise your voice against child abuse.
God bless you for all your help and care.
Magdalena Jiménez, Director
Hogar de Niños Regazo de Paz, Inc.
PO Box 4721-Aguadilla PR 00605
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