As the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. We have a great team of staff members with a mix of experienced "veterans" and talented "rookies".
I'm proud of the commitment level our staff has demonstrated over the past two years. The vast majority of this time we’ve been operating with academic classes from home. Without that “break” during normal school hours opportunities for staff meetings, training, cleaning and organizing have been very limited. We needed to adjust. That was done by involving the kids and teens in these tasks and responsibilities.
As our residents are ramping up their in-person classes in their public schools, I wanted to take an opportunity to applaud the work of our Caregivers.
Our home is operated with 15 Caregivers working around the clock on 3 fixed shifts. Each works 8-hour shifts, 6-days a week. It’s really beautiful to have a group of mixed personalities as it allows our residents to make special bonds with the adult, they gravitate towards most. These mentor relationships contribute to a sense of safety and consequently the opportunity to expedite the healing of traumatic wounds.
Your contributions are vital to the fundamental work of the Caregivers of Casa Hogar. Thank you very much for caring!
(Photos shared are from a field trip with Cabo Adventures earlier this week.)
We are so grateful to our wonderful community of contributors. Thank you so much for your ongoing support of Casa Hogar through GlobalGiving.
In our last report we shared with you that we had reached 95% of our funding goal of the annual salary of a Caregiver for one full year. The goal was fully achieved over the summer so the project was adjusted to fund the salary of a second Caregiver. We are about 15% towards this new goal.
We enjoyed a productive summer season in the areas of academics, commradery and mentor-relationships with the children/teens and staff.
We've continued to enjoy regular, edifying field trips. All the local beaches have reopened with COVID cases now significantly reduced in our region. Strangely, the vast majority of the public schools have NOT reopened. Of the eight schools our residents are enrolled in only one has reopened offering classes for two hours, three days a week.
As a result, the vast majority of the academic learning continues to occur onsite. We are quite happy with this!
Our Caregivers continue to play an instrumental role in the day-to-day successes achieved with the residents of Casa Hogar.
To our wonderful community of contributors, thank you so much for your ongoing support of Casa Hogar through GlobalGiving.
2021 has been a year of special challenges and great successes.
The academic year continued with school-from-home classes with our Caregivers filling in for the role of traditional teachers. We continued to see progress across the board with proficiency levels in reading, writing and math.
Several of our residents graduated Elementary School or Junior High. In July virtual graduation ceremonies were conducted.
Academic tutoring continues over the months of summer vacation with continued focus on essential topics as well as geography.
Our residents have been challenged to learn names and capitals for the 32 Mexican states. Next step is learning about international countries and cultures.
Our Caregivers have played an instrumental role and we continue to be pleased and impressed with their dedication. Several have had to miss time to attend to family members with COVID-19 or faced disability leaves themselves.
We have managed to redeploy staff members to attend to staffing needs ensuring a high level of supervision and care throughout the pandemic.
Your contributions are highly valued as they have allowed these staff needs to be fulfilled.
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