This month Jay Sadler Project is featuring the Salvation Army as their monthly project. Currently the roof has been power washed and coated with a protective coating and the skylights have been repaired so no more rain will be coming into the building. Painting the interior will begin in June.
Playground repairs in Playa Grande and San Vicente are well under way and will be completed in June.
Julien Fruchier Yoga Retreats & Co. continues at DIF New Life Home for Boys in Coapinole. We are 60% completed on the painting and repairs and 35% on installing new light fixtures. There are 90 lights in total.
Continuing to struggle with the large boulder at the Vista Hermosa Playground soccer field. Attached is a photo with Jim and Geoff Mawdesley on a pneumatic jack hammer. After three attempts we are going to cover it up and move both soccer nets back 15 feet. The length of the soccer playing area will remain the same. From there we will install a cyclone fence the length of the field to keep the ball from going into the road way.
We received from a reader of the Vallarta Tribune a request for a wheelchair for Carlos Roberto from Ixtapa. In two days we found one and it has been delivered.
Vets Vallarta continues with the support from Jeff Dana. Jeff’s project is to bring four combat veterans on July 25th for a week of Fishing and R&R. In the June news update there will be additional information. Jeff can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future projects include Volcanes Kids Education Program, Horizonte de Paz Ixtapa, and Corral del Risco Estado de Nayarit Kinder school in Punta de Mita.
The Salvation Army in Puerto Vallarta has 15 years of working here, in Mexico they have 80 years and in the whole world, 150 years.
In all of Mexico they have several social work programs, 19 children’s homes, 21 children’s lunch programs, 3 homes for street people, 1 house for girls, 1 house to help mothers with family abuse and 2 shelters for immigrants. In each of the states of Mexico the Salvation Army has programs offering what is needed specific to that area.
Locally the Salvation Army has a daily nutrition program for more than 80 children. Directed by Captain’s Consepcion and Alberto Gonzalez, the organization has a computer room, craft classes and English classes as well as other activities for the children. The Salvation Army also provides help to each of the families of these kids so that they can have a better quality of life. Much of the assistance provided is with the help of clothing, school supplies and school shoes.
There is also a Sponsorship Program, where a person sponsors a child to continue their studies. One of the objectives is for children to receive a better/longer education, because many local children cannot continue with their studies due to their parents not having the money to pay the school fees. Many of the kids give up school to go with their parents to work making bricks.
The Salvation Army cares very much for each of these children and strives to give them better opportunities. With the help of many people who know the Salvation Army in the United States and Canada, they continue to make a big difference in the lives of these families. While they offer a safe place with good facilities they still need some things to continue with this work and you can be the difference to help others!
The Salvation Army also has an Emergency and Disaster Services Program. This department has capabilities of helping in any place that is affected by a natural disaster. They have six mobile kitchens, which can provide more than 3,000 hot meals per day, as well as other types of assistance as required.
Contact info for The Salvation Army:
Phone: (322) 290-1587
By Dennis Rike & Donna Wong