Hello from the New Improved Love in Action

March 20, 2009

Hello from the New Improved Love in Action

We had a great celebration last Sunday as Anabel Frutos, Director of Love in Action, cut the ribbon and declared the new Love in Action officially "open!".  The girls sang a song for us, we shared ice cream and cake and and many toured the updated property. Thousands of hours of time and thousands of pesos were donated to prepare the property for the children, and all the kids are now living on the site.  A special "Thank You" to Dan and Sandy Cross for their dedication and hard work these past weeks–they were amazing! Over the next few weeks, Love in Action will begin the serious business of settling in to the new property.  Boxes will be unpacked, furniture will be redistributed according to need, new schedules will be established, and tasks will be assigned to staff and children.  Just as in any family, the process of moving is challenging, especially when over 40 children need to be settled in their new home and some need to be enrolled in new schools. Classroom LOve in Action During this time of transition, our first priority is to keep the children feeling safe and protected–as you know, many of these kids come from neglected, abused, and unstable backgrounds, and we were concerned how they would react to being relocated.  Anabel and her staff have done a really outstanding job of preparing the children for this move, and wrapping them in love and stability.  No matter what problems have arisen, the childrens' needs have always come first.  In another month, new assignments and schedules will be in place, and a new Love in Action will be up and running. BoysLoveInAction In the meantime, there are a couple of things we can do to help during this transition process: 1.  Observe the office hours!    If you are chatting with the office staff, they are NOT WORKING.  That means the work of Love in Action is NOT getting done, and we know that is NOT what you want.  So please, keep your visits short, and keep them to a minimum. 2.  Let's do our best to just stay out of the way, and offer our prayers and support!! I spent a few hours in the Early Education program founded by Ellie McEvoy (one of our most dedicated volunteers) this past week.  She needs a few things for her lively bunch of 2-4 year olds:  dress up clothes (straw hats, scarves, purses, baseball caps, vests, and maybe a mariachi hat or 2) along with a full length mirror for admiring themselves! She could also use some volunteers to help with this program which runs 9-12 mornings–you could sign up for one morning a week on a regular basis.  Contact Ellie directly at emcevoy2007@yahoo.com if you'd like to work with this well organized program. And I would like to close with some words from Anabel herself: Have you ever been so grateful to someone for their immense kindness and selfless act of love towards you that a "thank you" is just not enough?  Well, that is how we feel now, without words to express exactly how thankful we are to you for every moment of your time, money and love donated to the property, center and children.  We can offer hugs, but your true reward will be in heaven.  May our Lord bless you and keep you under His wing always.

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Sid@ChapalaClub.com

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