Left to right: Lyn, Zoe, Ann Marie, Louise,
Gregg, Kerry, Don, Kim, Amber
From Our President
Casita Linda is shaped by the combined efforts of our incredible, hard working Board of Directors, our Executive Director, all of our selfless volunteers, and of course, our generous donors. We have had significant victories over the last 11 months. The donations we have received have enabled us to not only build houses, but to furnish them with the basic necessities that make each house a home. We have been able to employ two amazing women to conduct our workshops, courtesy of a grant we received from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of SMA.
Another substantial grant we received was from the San Miguel Community Foundation, which helped us in building two of the homes constructed in 2016. For that, our thanks go to Donna Foundry and her amazing staff for all the assistance they have given us throughout the year.
We are also happy to have formed an Advisory Board comprised of professional people in our community who have a passion for our mission and are happy to share their expertise.
In early 2017, Casita Linda will celebrate the completion of our 100th house for those living in extreme poverty. We are dedicating this soon-to-be home to an amazing organization, 100 Women Who Care, who recently contributed to Casita Linda the largest donation ever granted to an NGO in San Miguel.
We have hired a new, local architect to design every home to the unique needs of each family, and to ensure more durable, functional and sustainable structures. The architect will work closely with one of our new and very talented Board members, Zoe, who is a local designer, as well as with the architects and builders who are on our newly formed Advisory Board. Costs will increase slightly due to changes and improvements, such as replacing laminate roofs with concrete roofs. All of this is to ensure the ultimate sustainability of each and every home.
As this festive season approaches, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your generosity and heartfelt contributions toward providing warm shelter, hope, dignity and a better tomorrow to those who are so less fortunate.
Casita Linda Completes It's 93rd House
The Guerrero Family lived in a house that they had been taking care of for the Catholic Church on a 5-year contact with the church. They had to vacate as their 5 yr ageement with the Catholic Church had expired and they would be homeless.
The Guerrera family consists of Carmen age 8, Ariana age 5 and Jorge, age 2. Ariana has Downs Syndrome. Guadalupe and her husband, Jose has seen to it that Ariana was diagnosed and they know what to expect, as she grows older. This child will be dependent upon her parents her whole life.
By providing the Guerrera family a home, they have seen the possibilities for a better life ahead. They are able to take better care of Ariana knowing they have a roof over their heads and can concentrate on health care for Ariana. Lupe, the mother, and her husband contributed many hours of manual labor to build this home. They are good people and are adamant about providing a good life for the children.