La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad

by Corporacion La Fondita de Jesus
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad
La Fondita de Jesus en la Comunidad

Dear social investors:

Hoping everyone and your loved ones are doing well during the emergency! With great respect, we present you this quarterly report on the progress of “La Fondita de Jesús en la Comunidad”, with efforts with the homeless and people from vulnerable communities of San Juan, Puerto Rico, from June through September, 2020.

We have come back to our offices, providing services with the most strict safety measures. This has allowed us to offer the rest of our services, which were limited during the curfew established by the governor of Puerto Rico. During the reported period, we impacted the lives of 520 people in nine (9) vulnerable communities of San Juan.

Some services were provided in person, and others on distance, to minimize the risks of infection with COVID-19. The services provided were as follows [service (units)]: hot meals/lunches (2,360); medical examinations (194); referrals (22, including emotional support); educational materials (508); prevention kits (480); orientations (365); COVID-19 tests (204); emergency food bags (336); preventive assistance for the elder (3).

Additionally, we have continued to provide homeless services in our organization. Everyone is following safety measures, including our volunteers and employees.

It has been months of hard work and effort. Our priority is to promote the health and safety of everyone who comes to our facilities. It is very significant for us to have the support of social investors like you, who give us hope and strength to continue transforming the lives of those most in need.

Thank you for this great opportunity! For more information or if you have any question about this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 787-724-4051 Ext. 305 or eotero@lafonditadejesus.org. Thank you!

Onward!

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Dear sirs:

Hoping everyone and your loved ones are doing well during the COVID-19 emergency! With great respect, we present you this quarterly report on the progress of “La Fondita de Jesús en la Comunidad”, highlighting our efforts with the homeless and people from vulnerable communities of San Juan, Puerto Rico, from March through May, 2020.

As in every emergency, Corporación La Fondita de Jesús has become a first response provider for the prevention of COVID-19 among the homeless, since the beginning of the pandemic and before the curfew, with strict security measures to promote and protect the health of our participants, volunteers and personnel. Information through pamphlets, workshops and phone calls have been provided to all participants, even before the pandemic was at our door. Once the curfew started three (3) months ago, we have reorganized our services based on the new reality. Our organization has strict protocols for the staff and follows disinfecting protocols for all areas. We have limited the available areas for daily work traffic, as one of our prevention efforts.

Part of the staff is providing services from the organization, including preparing breakfast and lunch for around 70 participants in a daily basis, delivering the meals at the gate of the organization, aware of the adequate distance among each individual. They are also giving access to the showers and clean cloth each time they take a shower, understanding the importance of hygiene in the prevention of the virus. Our nurse is also in the premises to take temperature, manage medication for those in need and other type of health issues that may arise. If any participant is presenting fever, the nurse refers them to one of the two closest health clinics for evaluation. A physician provide medical services under the tele-consultation modality. Also, a psychologist and counselor evaluate the mental health needs of our participants, in order to manage any PTSD symptoms, anxiety or stabilize any crisis. As part of a collaborative agreement, we are preparing 100 additional hot meal lunches for participants of another organization that provides services to the homeless out of our geographic service scope.

For those of our participants who are in permanent housing, that we owned or have housing vouchers from our programs, they have been provided remote support by our social workers, substance abuse counselor and psychologist. As needed, other services such as food and hygiene supplies bags are provided to them. Our housing projects are cleaned and disinfected in a daily basis.

Donors like you make it possible to continue with the health promotion and safety of those most in need during this COVID-19 emergency. Thanks to your donations, we have been able to continue with our services and operations, even during the crisis. At the end, it is our mission to build a community with the homeless and other vulnerable populations, transforming lives and promoting dignified conditions, self-sufficiency and spiritual development for all. You are part of this mission and the transformation we are making among the homeless and vulnerable communities of San Juan. Thank you for your help and support.

We reiterate our gratitude to GlobalGiving Foundation and donors like you, for this great opportunity. For more information or if you have any question about this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 787-724-4051 Ext. 305 or eotero@lafonditadejesus.org. Thank you!

Onward!


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Dear sirs:

Corporación La Fondita de Jesús (La Fondita de Jesús) is grateful for donors like you, who make possible our work to benefit those most in need! That is why we want to keep you informed of what we have being doing and the progress of our impact in different communities.

LA FONDITA DE JESUS EN LA COMUNIDAD

During November and December, 2019, as well as January, 2020, La Fondita de Jesús impacted the following five (5) vulnerable communities of San Juan with Community Education services: Colectivo El Hangar, Villa Clemente, Plebiscito, Shangai and La Marina. Our Community Educator provided services to 175 individuals, who are residents of the served communities. Their families were impacted by our services, as well as 25 community leaders.

A total of 118 activities, workshops and recreational activities were held during the program year of this grant. The topics developed during these activities were: how to manage an emergency as families and communities; agriculture in urban spaces; community empowerment to keep spaces clean, recycling and promotion of good neighbor relationships; community sustainability; community mitigation and healthy communities; how to generate income from home gardens; creation of aromatic candles; making body lotions; techniques for self-sufficiency; creation of soaps and insect repellent; how to prepare for an atmospheric catastrophe; evaluation of mitigation requests; meetings for the creation and implementation of community markets; how to operate water filters and their benefits; community cinemas; Thanksgiving (distribution of 42 turkeys to mothers with children, the elderly and unemployed individuals), Christmas activities and mapping for U.S. Census 2020.

Additionally, the Community Educator collaborated with "Conexion Movil" program, in order to make accessible different health services to communities. The lives of 2,015 individuals were impacted with 10,346 service units in the following communities of San Juan: Residencial Berwind, Villa Clemente, Los Pena, Plaza La Convalecencia, Peninsula de Cantera, Egida Casa Metropolitana, Residencial Vista Hermosa, Barriada Figueroa, Rio Piedras, Sabana Village Apartments, Plebiscitos, Shangai, Centro de Edad Avanzada de Cupey, Egida Golden Residence, Egida Plaza Gran Victoria, San Cristobal and La Marina.

The following are some of the services provided to these communities: preventive and primary medical care, nursing, psychology, drug counseling, vital signs, OTC medicines, health fairs, mammography and sonomammography, among others. We also distributed hot meals (lunches) to individuals during our visits. [Please see Attachment 1]

EARTHQUAKES IN PUERTO RICO

Since December 28, 2019, Puerto Rico has been experiencing earthquakes in different magnitudes. But, in the morning of January 7, 2020, we had a strong 6.4 magnitude earthquake, leaving significant damages in municipalities at the southwestern side of the island. Responding to the emergency, Corporación La Fondita de Jesús took resources to the municipalities of Adjuntas, Ponce and Yauco, which were very affected by the earthquakes. We had the opportunity to help individuals and eight (8) families, with the valuable help of one of our volunteers and his 48 feet truck, which was full of hygiene articles, water, clothes and emergency articles. [Please see Attachment 2]


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Dear sirs:

Greetings from Puerto Rico! With great respect, we present you this report on the progress of “La Fondita de Jesús en la Comunidad” and “Institutional and Community Resilient Project”, of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús, as of October, 2019.

LA FONDITA DE JESÚS EN LA COMUNIDAD

Thanks to donors like you, we have been able to continue with the promotion of the recovery and stabilization of communities in San Juan, Puerto Rico, after hurricane María! “Conexión Móvil” Program provided clinical services from August through October, 2019, in the following 13 vulnerable communities of San Juan:

  • Residencial Berwind
  • Resdencial Vista Hermosa
  • Río Piedras
  • Villa Clemente
  • Égida Inmaculada
  • Los Peñas
  • Shangaii
  • Centro de Edad Avanzada de Cupey
  • Égida Golden Residence (Hato Rey)
  • Égida Plaza Gran Victoria
  • San Cristobal
  • Marina
  • Casa Metropolitana

A total of 783 non-duplicated persons were impacted with 2,778 service units. The majority of the participants continue to be 45 years of age or older, with a significant number of 65+ people (38%). Also, 150 people received hot meals (lunches), and 43% of those were homeless persons.

Health fairs were coordinated in different communities. Those have included services such as referrals for mammograms (35) and sonomamographies (27), among others. During the health fairs, our nurse had the opportunity to screen vital signs to 411 people, distributed 6 OTC medicines and facilitated 10 workshops. As always, our doctor, psychologist and drug counselor evaluated different health and psychological conditions of the homeless and other served persons.

 

INSTITUTIONAL & COMMUNITY RESILIENT PROJECT

Community Education Program

The Community Educator of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús have continued working in the following vulnerable communities in San Juan: La Marina, Plebiscito and Villa Clemente. During these months, activities have been facilitated for the reinforcement of neighborhood organizing efforts, to become more collaborative and self-sufficient.

A total of 98 people were impacted with workshops and meetings on the following themes:

  • “Creation of soaps and insect repellent”
  • “How to prepare for an atmospheric catastrophe”
  • “Evaluation of mitigation requests”
  • “Meetings for the creation and implementation of community market”

Roofs Fixing in Communities

As of October, 2019, roofs and infrastructure in two (2) additional homes have been fixed, in vulnerable communities of San Juan. We estimate that this project will be finished by December 31, 2019.

Solar Lamps

In order to promote and improve the security of the residents of vulnerable communities of San Juan, we have installed solar lamps in their common areas. Our personnel have trained the residents of these communities on how to operate them.


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Dear sirs:

Greetings from Puerto Rico! With great respect, we present you this report on the progress of “La Fondita de Jesús en la Comunidad” and “Institutional and Community Resilient Project”, of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús, from May through July, 2019.

LA FONDITA DE JESÚS EN LA COMUNIDAD

Donors like you make it possible to continue with the promotion of the recovery and stabilization of communities after hurricane María in San Juan, Puerto Rico! Thanks to your donations, “Conexión Móvil” Program provided clinical services from May through July, 2019, in the following six (6) vulnerable communities of San Juan: Residencial Berwind, Resdencial Vista Hermosa, Barriada Figueroa, Río Piedras, Sabana Village Apartments and Plebiscitos. A total of 405 non-duplicated persons were impacted with 2,236 service units. Of those, 20% were homeless persons. Even when the majority of the participants were 45 years of age or older, 65+ people continue with the highest percentage (42%). Also, we distributed 438 hot meals (lunches) in those communities.

We have coordinated health fairs in different communities. Those have included services such as referrals for mammograms (69), sonomamographies (25) and hygiene kits (272), among others.During the health fairs, our nurse had the opportunity to screen vital signs to 250 people, distributed 71 OTC medicines and facilitated 10 workshops. As always, our doctor, psychologist and drug counselor evaluated different health and psychological conditions of the homeless and other served persons.

INSTITUTIONAL AND COMMUNITY RESILIENT PROJECT

Community Education Program

The Community Educator of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús continued with our efforts in different vulnerable communities in San Juan from May through July, 2019. These communities were: Plebiscito, Villa Clemente, Shangay and El Gandul. A variety of activities for the reinforcement of neighborhood organizing efforts were facilitated during these months, to become more collaborative and self-sufficient, through their processes and the interrelation among communities.

Activities were focused on different ways of generating sustainable income, as well as inventory of community assets. We impacted the lives of 311 persons with different workshops on the following themes: “How to generate income from home gardens”, “Creation of aromatic candles”, “Making body lotions”, “Mapping of community assets”, “Effective communication” and “Community labor”. As part of the creative/practical workshops, our Community Educator facilitated dialogues about different techniques for self-sufficiency and generate income from items and resources we have in our homes and communities. Also, our Community Educator collaborated with the Social Development and Self-Sufficiency Camp of La Fondita de Jesús, for our participants. They visited the Proyecto Agroecológico Campesino (PAC) Project. Located at Lares and Morovis, two towns in the central mountains of Puerto Rico, PAC is dedicated to teach sustainable techniques from experienced farmers and the most innovative agroecological proposals to adapt them to a scale that any family could execute. To share experiences and knowledge with their immediate and extended communities, they facilitate workshops, farms open house, volunteer programs and work experience. As well, they visited the Centro Cultural de Morovis, in order to give to our participants the opportunity to learn about the history of Morovis and to expand their cultural horizons.

Roofs Fixing in Communities

Corporación La Fondita de Jesús recruited a contractor during July, 2019, to continue working on this beautiful project, fixing roofs in communities of San Juan after hurricane María, specifically in properties that had ownership problems to access assistance from FEMA.

Solar Systems Project

Solar panels and batteries have been installed at all of the services and housing buildings of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús. These are our main building and Puerta al Cambio building (basic and essential services for the homeless); also El Pueblito de Jesús and Los Robles buildings (housing). At this moment, tests are being done by personnel of “Integrated Solar Operations” (ISO), with our engineer and the Director of Operations of Corporación La Fondita de Jesús, to assure that everything is in order and working properly.

We reiterate our gratitude to GlobalGiving Foundation and donors like you, for this great opportunity to promote stronger and self-sufficient communities in San Juan, and reinforce the resiliency of our services and housing buildings! For more information or if you have any question about this project, please do not hesitate to contact us at 787-724-4051 Ext. 305 or eotero@lafonditadejesus.org. Thank you!


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Corporacion La Fondita de Jesus

Location: San Juan - Puerto Rico
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Twitter: @lafonditadejesus
Project Leader:
Edwin Edgardo Otero-Cuevas
San Juan, Puerto Rico
$2,379 raised of $80,000 goal
 
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