Hola 2013 Tijuana travelers!
Welcome to the Tijuana Team! We are so excited that you've decided to sign up to travel with us this year. The email communication is going to get more frequent now so put your seat belts on. :-)
Tijuana Prebuild - THIS SATURDAY 5/11 9am-3pm at Yerba Buena High School (1855 Lucretia Ave San Jose, CA 95122) -- Go to the back of the school (from Lucretia take Phelan to the back and turn left at the curve) into the wood shop gated area. Call Monica (408-307-4871) if you're lost. This is a great opportunity to meet fellow travelers, learn new construction skills and have fun. Pizza lunch and drinks will be provided. You can come for all day or a portion. Bring sunscreen and a hat. Bring work gloves and hand tools if you have them.
Paperwork and Payment: We want to verify all payments or when/how you will pay. All payments are due by June 2nd. Please contact Francesca Paist (email@example.com) to let her know if/when/how you paid or will pay the travel fees. We prefer you pay by check as there are no fees we need to pay, but you can pay online as well.
Also, please be sure to get all your passport, fingerprinting, online safety course and paperwork done and turned in to your parish contact person. See the Apply page.
Required Orientation Mtgs: There are 2 required orientation meetings. The first traveler orientation meeting #1 has two options: either May 23, 7-9pm, at St Simon OR June 2, 4-6pm, at St Julie. Please pick the date/location most convenient for you for this 1st meeting. We ask parents of teens traveling to attend as well.
Traveler orientation meeting #2 is July 9, 7-9pm, at St Julie. All travelers are required to attend this one.
Carwash Fundraiser June 9th at St Julie's - Required Fun! :-) What better way to meet fellow travelers, fund-raise for Tijuana and have fun on a Sunday? Come to the St Julie's carwash on June 9th, 7am-3pm to help out. Bring old towels and *please* sign up here for which time-slots you can help.
Meeting Minutes from our last TJ Ministry CORE Mtg (05-07-2013)
Please see our Tijuana Calendar for all upcoming dates.
Adios and hasta la vista,
Monica and Joanna
St Julie's Tijuana Ministry
Tijuana Ministry Meeting Minutes
May 7, 2013
Bob Malone, Kathy Franger, Frank Fanger, Brian Fanger, Monica Rising, Joan Mibach, Francesca Paist, Joanna Thurmann, Jon Bosco, Theresa Clark, Ann Yadlowsky, Mike Yadlowsky, Mike Emery
Opening Prayer– Kathy Fanger
Mission Statement– Francesca Paist
Recruitment Report– Joan Mibach
· St Julie’s Paris - 31 total travelers (7 teens, 24 adults). 10 cars ( 3 cars leaving early)
· St Simon’s – 33 total travelers (12 teens, 21 adults). 8 cars driving
· Resurrection – 8 travelers total (2 teens, 6 adults). 2 cars driving
· Some additional ppl people are definitely coming but haven’t signed up yet (e.g. Jesse)
Email to sign-ups telling them to pay no later than June 2 and Invite them to orientation.. Inform crossing with passport card may be easier. - Joanna
Required Orientation Mtg #1
All travelers must attend one of these TJ Traveler Mandatory Orientation Mtg #1.
May 23, 7-9pm, at St Simon
June 2, 4-6pm, at St Julie
Also, all participants are also required to attend the #2 mtg:
July 9, 7-9pm, at St Julie - TJ Traveler Mandatory Orientation Mtg #2
Construction Update – Bob Malone
· Prebuild is this Saturday, May 11, 9am-3pm at Yerba Buena.
o Group of young adults will be coming to the prebuild from 10am-12pm
o We will assemble a roof structure and see if it is structurally sound and assemble walls for the one house we are building. It will be handicapped accessible
o Lumber ordered from Sunnyvale Lumber
· We want to build a roof structure and try to perfect it because the parish center has identified up to 700 roofs that need to be fixed in that community
· Chapel expansion: Bob was in contact with Fr Joe. They are getting ready to move the house off its current location and lay the slab. We will try to reuse the existing end wall.
· We have the design of the trusses built by the previous group. They were actually built in southern California. We might consider building them there and shipping to Tijuana. We need 17 trusses (1 extra just in case it breaks) and an end truss. We will buy all materials for the chapel extension in Tijuana. We promised to leave a weather-tight structure, but may only put weather paper, not shingles. Electrical, insulation and sheetrock are up in the air.
· Bob hopes to meet with a man named Jerry in Tijuana to learn how he can do things better in Tijuana re: construction. His group usually goes for ~ 10 days in June.
· Chris will be the construction lead on the family home and roof structures
· Frank will be the construction lead on chapel expansion. Bob and Jesse will assist him.
Carwash - Joanna Thurmann
· Sunday, June 9, 7am-3pm, St Julie’s parking lot
· Email will come out this week asking all travelers (and others interested) to pay and to sign up for carwash assistance
Leader Reports – Monica Rising
Children’s program: Brian Fanger, Jillian Paist, Theresa Clark
Mother’s Program: Kathy Fanger
Education/Reflection – Brian Fanger, Stan Taylor
Paperwork – Darcy (St Simon)
Site Coordinator - Joan Mibach
Children’s Program – Theresa Clark
· St Simon’s had an in-service project. We used the 500 peoplewho had in-service to prepare crafts.
· 175 kids from VBS will do another project. We need egg cartons in cardboard or paper
· We need glue sticks, scissors
· We hope to meet May 22nd. Budget is $500
· It would be ideal if we could do a children’s program in the morning in Terraces 2 and afternoon in Terraces 1
· We need to decide if we are doing a teen program this year
· Carol, Erin, Michele are 3 teachers who are coming on the trip – they would be perfect to head the teen program
Mother’s Program – Kathy Fanger
· Holding cross craft molded to the hand
· Contacting Nubia for ideas and materials
· Need recyclable bags for donations
Education/Reflection – Brian Fanger
· Trips to friendship park and Case de Migrante
· For reflection – groups of ~12 people instead of groups of 5
· We might have a speaker one evening
· We will have a talent night one night, jam session with musicians
· Need calendar put together, so start reflections on Tues
· Request to have a prayer in morning, reflection question given out for the day
Darcy is doing paperwork for St Simon
Monica will find out who is doing Resurrection
Need someone to volunteer for St Julie
Upcoming Calendar Dates:
May 11, 2013
Yerba Buena High School
Prebuild Day #1
May 21, 2013
Home of Francesca Paist: 820 Glenside Dr, San Jose, CA 95123)
TJ CORE Mtg
May 23, 2013
St Simon's, Room TBD
TJ Traveler Orientation Mtg #1a (St Simon's & Resurrection Parish participants)
June 1, 2013
Yerba Buena High School
Prebuild Day #2
June 2, 2013
St Julie's, Sullivan Center Rm G
TJ Traveler Orientation Mtg #1b (St Julie's Participants)
June 4, 2013
Home of Joanna Thurmann: 252 Los Palmos Way, San Jose, CA 95119)
TJ CORE Mtg
June 9, 2013
St Julie’s, Parking Lot
June 18, 2013
TJ CORE Mtg
July 2, 2013
TJ CORE Mtg
July 9, 2013
St Julie's, Sullivan Center Rm G
TJ Traveler Mandatory Orientation Mtg
July 11, 2013
St Jullie's Parking Lot
Tijuana Advance Team Departure to Tijuana (trucks & trailers0
July 13, 2013
St Julie's Parking Lot
ALL Traveler -- DEPARTURE for Tijuana
July 13-20, 2013
Tijuana Mission Trip
Closing Prayer– Brian Fanger
Tijuana Ministry Meeting Minutes
April -18, 2013
The April 18 meeting of the Tijuana Ministry Core Team took place at the home of Monica Rising. Present were Holly, Stan, Francesca, Mike Emery, Frank, Bob Malone, Jon Bosco, Joan and Monica.
Prayers was lead by Mike Emery Minutes: Joan Mibach
Minutes of the previous meeting were corrected to show that Jon Bosco attended the meeting, and to correct the pre build dates to May 11 and June 1.
St. Julie’s garage sale was a huge success generating $7,200. Increase in sales attributed to good signage, quality of gods sold, and the $5.00 a bag Sunday deal. Having Monica speak at all the Masses the weekend before seemed to encourage folks to donate as well as attend. It was beneficial to have the help and support of the youth ministry. As agreed to at the previous meeting we will share proceeds with St. Julie’s Youth Ministry. It was proposed and agreed that we will donate $700 or about 10% of the proceeds to Youth Ministry in support of all the help they provided to the success of the garage sale.
Car wash is set for June 9. Bobby Dartez has arranged for a water company employee to set up the water hydrant with a meter for the day. It was agreed that we make the same agreement with the teens to share profits if they participate in working the Car Wash event.
Monica notified Joan that St. Simon may mail their $10,000 donation to S. Julie’s Parish for the Tijuana Ministry.
Pre Build Days
This year’s pre-build days will be Saturday, May 11 and Saturday June 1. Location is Yerba Buena High School.
· House project on schedule. It was suggested that we consider an ADA style roll in shower and a propane hot water system for the bathroom. This will assist the family in caring for the mother.
· 2 roof projects on schedule – Frank, Nick and Bob will be constructing a mock-up in San Jose soon. It is the intent that we document this project during this summer’s trip and encourage locals to continue building roofs on their own following our suggested design.
· Chapel project in question. May need to postpone this project since original construction documents have not yet been obtained. Without these plans we are not able to design the roof. We may send a core team of builders to TJ to make a final determination about the project. It was agreed that if we cannot get the necessary information by the end of April we will postpone and pursue building a second home instead. This motion was approved by all present.
It was agreed that we will proceed with ordering lumber for 1 house and two roofs at an approximate cost of $8,000.
NEED: We are in need of plumbers for this summer’s projects. We are also in need of a truck to replace Bobby Dartez’s for pulling the trailer to TJ.
Kathy Fanger was not present for reporting. It was suggest that we contact Kathy for her “wish list” of supplies so that the various groups can start collecting. It was agreed to allocate a budget of $500 to the Mother’s program at this time. If additional funds are needed the leader request through the core team.
Leaders Jillian Paist, Theresa Clark, and Brian Fanger have a first planning meeting scheduled for May 5. They will also be preparing their supply wish list. It was agreed to allocate an initial budget of $500 to the Children’s program. If additional funds are needed the leader should request through the core team.
Joan asked that Bob or Jesse let Fr. Joe know that we will need an additional refrigerator at the compound. During the visit earlier this year it was noted that only 2 refrigerators were in the kitchen and we need a third like last year. It was also noted that Nubia has told Bob that she plans to travel this summer and will assist Joan with facilities. Everyone was very happy to hear that she will be with us since she has always been an asset to managing the compound and translating.
Traveler Orientation Meetings:
St. Julies, June 2 at 4:00 PM
St. Simon, Thursday, May 23, 7:00 PM. It was suggested that Resurrection join the St. Simon meeting for orientation.
Travelers should feel welcome to attend any one of these two meetings that best fits their schedule.
Core Team will begin meeting every two weeks.
May 7, at St. Simon Jude Room, 7:00 PM
May 21, at the home of Francesca, 7:00 PM
June 4, at the home of Joanna, 7:00 PM
June 18 place TBD
July 2 place TBD
July 9, mandatory group meeting before leaving. More details to follow
July 11: Advance team leaves for TJ
July 13: Caravan leaves St. Julies approx. 6:00 am
July 20: Return
St Julie Billiart Parish
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April 2013 Newsletter ~ 89 Days to Departure
St Julie’s Garage Sale: The community garage sale at St Julie’s (April 13-14) was a huge success! We made $7,062 for the Tijuana Ministry. We offer our deep gratitude to all who supported us through donations, prayers and assistance at the sale, including the St Julie’s Youth Group!
Our Mission: We foster friendships and spiritual growth by reaching across borders to bring God’s people together. By putting our faith into action, we build lasting & vibrant communities in collaboration with San Eugenio Parish in Tijuana. We provide opportunities for education, immersion, & commitment to promote human dignity.
Apply for the Trip Now! We have 45 registered travelers. This may be the first year that we turn people down. If you’re ready to go, apply now. Requirements include $300 travel fee, fundraising, US passport, fingerprints (18+), online training course and release forms. Space is limited.
Prebuild Days at Yerba Buena - Can’t go to Tijuana but want to help? You can help us prebuild walls and trusses at Yerba Buena High School woodshop on May 11 and June 1, 9am-3pm. We will instruct/train you on safety. Bring work shoes, work gloves, hat and sunscreen. Bring safety goggles and hand tools, if you have them. We’ll supply pizza and drinks for lunch!
Become a leader! Do more & learn more! We need YOUR help and we need more ministry leaders. Our next CORE mtg is on 4/18 @ 7pm at home of Monica Rising. See calendar for details. All are welcome!
Do your own fundraising – don’t forget that everyone should have the goal to raise $500 from personal sources such as individual letter writing campaigns, company matching grants and personal fundraisers. See sample fundraising letters.
Donations needed: See our wish-list @www.TijuanaMinistry.org.
Check out our new TJ video: http://youtu.be/zfF8cxRudJU
St. Julie’s Tijuana Ministry
Meeting Minutes March 21,2013
Present: Monica, Frank, Nick, Bob Masick, Joan, Michael, Francesca
Monica made a plea for help with the following garage sale activities:
1. Publicity, including putting out signs, passing out flies to the neighborhood weekend of 4-7
2. Maggis and Nick will help pick up donations, Monica still interested in more help to go to houses and pick up donation.
3. Frank volunteered to run the hot dog stand during the garage sale. Joan will see if Val and teens can assist.
4. Tijuana Ministry Trailer will be on-site to store donated items.
5. Need donations. All parishes should encourage parishioners to donate items.
6. Need help with set up on Thursday and Friday, April 11-12, and 8-3 on April 13,14 for selling
Pre Build Days
The dates of May 16 and June 1 were tentatively set as the prebuild days at Yerba Buena High School. Nick will confirm if he can get key and make sure the shop is available for these two dates. Notify Monica ASAP so the dates can be publicized.
Brian Fanger, Jillian Paist and Theresa Clark have agreed to run the children’s and teens programs. Joan obtained Nicole Moreno’s program documents for them to use as a guide. Nicole suggested that she be contacted to meet or discuss over the phone other changes in the actual activities that she hasn’t documented. Monica has also emailed Estaban to see if he has records from last year. Theresa, Jillian and Brian can work out next steps. Theresa has agreed to help document this summer’s activities for the website archive. They may want to confer with Val Liberty and Sara Vella on the Teen program they initiated last year.
St. Julie’s Roll Out
Monica reported on a successful roll out of this summer’s ministry trip and had several sign ups. She is working with the St. Julie teens to get them more involved in the ministry, especially fundraising and other support activities if they are not able to travel. She suggested getting them to help with the Garage Sale and in return she is willing to donate some of the proceeds to the St. Julies teen ministry.
Summer Projects Update
1. A flat, slant roof is being suggested for all home builds in the future and a design is being documented now. It is felt that this design is easier to build and is reproducible for those locations where we would like to just replace a roof. Frank and Nick are going to be finishing the design.
2. Have still not been able to locate the original drawings used to build the chapel that we wish to expand this summer. These would be most helpful to locate so that preplanning can be accomplished before we go the TJ.
3. Still planning to build one complete home and 4 roof replacements.
Francesca will still be acting as treasurer and any donations should be sent to here.
Monica Rising is taking over as Director of the Tijuana Ministry, and Bob Malone will be taking a more active role in the construction programs.
Sign Ups. Currently have 35 travelers: 9 St.Julie, 19 St. Simon, 4 Resurrection, 1 Holy Spirit, 1 St. James, l no parish listed.
Next Meeting: Thursday, April 18, 7-8:30pm at Home of Monica Rising (5922 Dunn Ave, San Jose, CA 95123). See our calendar: http://www.tijuanaministry.org/content/tijuana-calendar
Tijuana Ministry Information Night
Thursday, March 14 @ 7:00PM
in St Julie's Sullivan Center
St Julie Billiart Parish
366 St Julie Drive
Call Joanna Thurmann,
408.568.2559 for more info.
|Prospective travelers welcome. We will talk about the basics of the mission trip and other information and requirements you need to know.|
Please see the attached meeting summary from the TJ Ministry CORE meeting on 02-21-2013
Please sign up to help during the St Julie's TJ Ministry roll-out. We need volunteers to talk to newcomers, supporters after mass.
Next CORE mtg is Thursday, March 21, 7-9pm at St Julie’s
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry
Scouting Trip Report | February 1-2, 2013
Five leaders of the St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry (Bob Malone, Monica Rising, Joan Mibach, Jesse Perez and Joanna Thurmann) travelled to Tijuana on February 1-2, 2013 to meet with priests from the San Eugenio Parish in Tijuana, Fr Nick Harding and Fr Joe Dowling, to choose build sites for this year’s mission trip (July 13-20, 2013), and to discuss program resources, finances and logistics. The group also took time to visit the families, friends and contacts that we have worked with over the past years to continue the goal of building community between parishes of northern California and the people of La Morita in Tijuana, Mexico. This was a very successful mission trip. Details and highlights are included below.
Our projects for 2013:
During a previous scouting trip in December, several members of the St Julie’s Tijuana ministry looked at a few potential build projects. During this trip, we were able to finalize on most of the projects, except for the last one.
(1) Expansion of San Francisco Real Chapel:
There are approximately 1,400 families in this area of San Francisco Real Chapel, and approx. 100-120 families worship regularly at this chapel each Sunday. There is insufficient room for them inside, so they often have to crowd outside. There are ~ 116 children preparing for first communion, and a strong youth group of about 15. On Wednesday, they have a charismatic assembly, Holy Hour on Thursday, mass on Saturday, and RCIA on Sunday. During the week, the chapel is used for youth group, liturgy and music practice and special community events. This building was here for 5 years. Previously, they had 1 small building which served as a chapel and is now used for catechism. They have an additional structure containing 6 small classrooms for faith formation classes.
The existing chapel is 35’ wide by 50’ long. We will be adding 34 ft to the 50 ft length, going to the east. So final chapel dimensions will be 35’ wide by 84’ long. This means that the existing caretaker house has to be moved (e.g. up above toward the old chapel/current catechism location). This work will be done by the locals prior to our arrival, so that the slab can be laid. We also discussed the potential for building an additional 12’x24’ structure which will be used for kitchen & concession sales. This would stand next to an existing 12’x12’ bathroom structure.
(2) Home for Mireya Juarez Angeles / Jose Angel Medina (+ 3 daughters, Karla( 10 yr), Nidia( 8yr) and Tania (3 years). This home is near Terraces I location next to the open area.
Mireya cannot walk and doesn’t see well following surgery mid-2012 to remove a brain tumor. Although she is in remission, her left side is very weak and sometimes paralyzed. Her daughters take care of her while the father Jose Angel works in a local factory 6 days a week. An aunt helps a little with meals and house-cleaning. Mireya’s greatest wish is that her children are well. The current house is made of garage doors with a very bad roof that leaks in all the rooms.
They have ownership of the land. Their lot is 29’ x 50’ on flat, firm ground, with a septic tank, illegal electricity and no drainage. We will build our standard 16’x32’ foot house on a 24’x32 slab, plus it needs to have a small piece of slab from the front door going around to the cement patio on the side of the house (for washer, etc) and a ramp at the front door for easy wheelchair access. Handicap accommodations for the bathroom will also be needed.
(3) Roof for Marta Patricia Ibanez / Jorge Castro Quntanilla Terraces (+6 kids)
The family has been on their plot for 8 years, but they do not own the land. In fact, their property stands on a government access road to a future development/housing complex that the government will be building. Therefore, it is possible that as soon as that development starts, their house will be demolished. So we cannot build a full house for them. The floor in this house is new( paid for by the government), but their roof is in very bad shape and leaking. There are no public services (plumbing, electricity). Although there is a vacant plot nearby which they could purchase, they do fear that they may not be able to make the monthly payments (they earn 1,200 pesos per month), so they will not purchase it. So for now, we have agreed that we are building them a roof which is like a carport structure over the existing home. The roof structure will be 24’x22’ plus 9 beams. See dimensions below.
(4) Home for EITHER of these two families. This last project has not been decided yet. See comments below.
Guadalupe Salivar (Lupita): this is a family of 6 living in two small rooms in bad shape. However, they do not own their land. Lupita’s husband makes 800 pesos/month. Ideally, they wish to buy the plot of land nearby and have us build on it. Total price of the land (8 x 20 meters) is ~ 130,000 pesos ($10,000). They do not have the down payment. San Eugenio Parish is considering a way to help them with the down payment. They also need to determine whether the family can make the mortgage payments long term.
Budget figures obtained.
The down payment is ~ 10,000 pesos ($1,000). Property taxes = 390 pesos ($30) per year, if you already own it. If you are still making payments, the property taxes are higher. Utility fees are usually ~ 2,600 pesos ($200) dollars to install water meter, then pay 64 pesos ($5) monthly (for both water and sewer). Power costs 1,500 pesos ($115) to hookup, then 100 pesos ($8) monthly. Usual rent prices are approximately 800 – 1,500 pesos ($61-$115) monthly, excluding utilities. When buyers make a down payment on a house, they receive the bill of sale. Once it is all paid off, they receive the deed (carta).
House at 9129 Durazno Oeste owned by a woman (Adelaida Saldana Estrada) taking care of two adults with mental disabilities (her son and her sister). The problem here is that we spoke only to the elder sister with mental disabilities and did not speak to the owner, because she was away at work. She has been on the parish build list already for a few years, and other groups have looked at the lot but decided that they cannot build. We have also stopped by this property during our 2012 scouting trip but back then we could not enter the home due to security reasons. However, we saw their house this year and it is a good flat piece of land with easy access. One existing structure toward the left-front of the property is made of brick and could be left standing, while other structures on the property are in bad shape with leaks and we would tear them down to build our standard 16’ x 32’ home toward the back of the lot. We would also need to remove the front cement ‘overhang’ for safety and to move the electrical wire that runs through the bathroom. More info on this family. x They have lived and owned the land for 15 yrs. They came from Guadalajara to Tijuana for work. The Owner is Adelaida Saldana Estrada (~ 60 yrs old). She works in a factory (700/week). Her son is Gabriel Saldana Estrada (~ 24 yrs old), who works as a cleaner (500/week). The Sister isMaria de la Paz Saldana (approx.. late 30s).
(5) Shade structure in Terraces II. We have been using Terraces II as our home site area for the past 9 years. We run the Mothers’ and Children’s Programs here in July when it is very hot outside. There is currently no shade structure here, so we usually bring our own shade pop-ups which are heavy and cumbersome to bring down, put up and take down. Chris, Jesse and the build leads want to explore building a more permanent shade system/structure, which would consist of cemented beams and wires surrounding the outside patio area. Tarps or shade covering could then be attached to this structure in the spring/summer-time but removed in fall/winter due to wind and rain conditions. See the compound from the top in 360 degrees: http://360.io/dUz9gX. We need to assure the community is open to this concept.
Support Team Needed in Tijuana during July 13-20 trip:
During our trip, we rely on the following resources to be available for us to make the trip a success. With respect to compensation, we pay the parish with a check and/ or cash in US dollars, and the parish pays the resources appropriately in pesos. The following table shows the resources we usually need. We have asked Fr Nick and Fr Joe to provide us the estimated costs of securing these resources for the 2013 trip.
In past years, Rosita has served as our trip liaison, handling nearly all of the administrative, resource and trip logistics prior to our arrival and during our stay. The success of our mission very much rests on having a reliable person such as Rosita that we can interface with, esp. during our trip, but also throughout the year.
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry requests to have a cooking team run (of ~ 5 ladies) to be run by Rosita to support our ministry, since they are already familiar with our cooking requirements and specific dietary needs. They usually cook only dinners for 5 nights.
Security guards are requested for the dome/home site at Terraces II. In previous years, we had 2 guards on top and 2 on the bottom during the night, and 1 guard on top, 1 on the bottom throughout the entire day. This worked well and we would like to continue.
We need cleaning of the dome, kitchen and dining room area at Terraces II at the end of our stay. We may also need additional support for bathroom cleaning during our stay, but this is yet to be decided. Last year, the lady from the guard house on the bottom of the hill did our bathroom cleaning but we may opt out of this and do our own cleaning.
Francisco and Benjamin usually help us, together with a few additional men, during the time of our trip, to procure and deliver supplies and liaison with the construction leads on each build site.
Priest for House Blessings and Closing Mass
On the last day of our build (in this case Friday July 19), we usually do blessings for each of the homes/build sites that we have worked on. So we would kindly ask if Fr Nick or Fr Joe could do that again this year. Also, if possible, we would like to have a mass at the new chapel on Friday afternoon, as part of the blessing.
Accounting for 2012 Build:
As in the past, prior to our trip in July, St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry sent $7,500 to Fr Tom. Check was made out to “US Province of Missionary Oblates”. This was to cover all the site preparation and procurement of materials for the build of the 2 homes and the improvement of the school. It’s our understanding from Francisco and team that the entire amount was used and that Francisco gave all receipts to Fr Julio sometime in the fall (Fr Julio originally didn’t know what these receipts were but this was since clarified). We would like to receive an accounting summary supporting the expenditure of this $7,500. Receipt should be sent to Monica Rising (firstname.lastname@example.org). The account summary should ideally be broken out by the following items. This will also help us tremendously with budgeting of future projects:
1. Site preparation
3. Materials for House Builds
4. Materials for Improvement of the School for Children with Disabilities
6. Miscellaneous expenses not covered by the above
Monica gave 2 checks (payable to “US Province of Missionary Oblates”) to Fr Joe to cover the finishing of 3 bathrooms (at a cost of $350/each). Fr Joe issued two receipts to Monica. Jesse already talked to Francisco about this work and he will work on it, time allowing, within his current schedule for the parish. The checks were made separately because the 2 bathrooms for last year’s homes will be paid by St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry, while the 3rd bathroom will be paid by individual donations.
1. $700 - to finish bathrooms for last year’s homes
· Home of Yaritza Cruz Mora & Julio Cesar Flores Sotello (plus daughter Yuliana Flores Cruz), residing at 22133 Calle la Fresa
· Home of Leticia Ruiz Morales & kids, residing at 9038 Petunia
2. $350 – to finish the bathroom for Bertha Gonzales (for whom we built a home 3 years ago). That cost will be covered by individual donations from Chris Sutherlin, Francesca Paist and Joanna Thurmann.
Other Highlights of 2013 Scouting Trip
Visit to the AIDS clinic:
We dropped off 3 hand-knit blankets made by the St Simon’s prayer shawl ministry especially for the ladies at the clinic. We presented this to one of the ladies who stays there. She thanked us with tears in her eyes. We also found out that the donation of sewing machine and materials in the summer have been well used, and a couple of the ladies are using it to sew pants. The ladies have a wish-list to receive materials to make curtains and yarn, plus crochet hook and, needles. We also spoke to the men who make dog houses out of scrap wood. They would appreciate receiving any used lumber. So we decided that we will ask Francisco and Benjamin to bring to them the materials from the homes that are taken down in order to build the new houses this summer, and perhaps some of our scrap lumber as well. We continue to stay in partnership with the AIDS clinic through community, financial and materials donations, as well as prayers.
Visit to “Semillas de Dios”, School for Children with Disabilities:
As one of our 2012 projects, we finished off two rooms and all the electrical at “Semillas de Dios”, school for children with special needs. The school is very actively used by 59 children with special needs. School runs Monday – Thursday in two sessions, 9am-11am, 1pm-3pm. On Fridays, a group of children are bussed in from remote areas which would not otherwise be able to travel to the school on their own. We met several of the teachers here, including Rosa Barajas who speaks good English. We have exchanged contact information with her and will work with her to determine the wish-list of supplies and materials that the school may have.
We visited family and friends from previous years.
Rosita/Jose, Vivien, Joel, Carlos/Lupta & Allyson
We visited Joel and Vivien and Lupita and her baby Allyson, who is Bob and Monica’s god-daughter. Monica talked to Carlos(Allyson’s Dad) by phone. They are doing well and Monica got to hold her beautiful god-child for a few precious moments.
Edelmira, Martin Sr., Martin Jr., Nanci, Kayli, Yamili
We built a home for this family in 2011. Edelmira is doing well and still works at the office. Nanci is pregnant with her second child (due in March 2013). Martin and Yamili are also doing well and in school.
Bertha, Neomi, Manuel, Marie, Betty
We built homes for Bertha and her 4 children, as well as Betty and her family, in 2010. Bertha proudly showed us the kids’ report cards; they are doing very well in school. She has a job and all of them are doing well. Vanessa is married now and living in a separate part of town. Bertha’s daughter Neomi ran over with Manuel to get Yaritza, Julio and Yulianna to come over to talk to us at Bertha’s house. On the way, Manuel fell in the mud and was so mad, he went to his room to play the harmonica (which he does to blow off steam J) Monica gave more yarn and ties to Bertha (also from Francesca) so that she can continue sewing.
Yaritza, Julio, Yulianna
We build a home for this family in 2012. Last summer, Francesca (with Bertha’s help) taught Yaritza how to sew and knit scarves. At her daughter’s preschool, one lady complimented her on the scarf and she asked Yaritza to sew her one. Good business! As a result of the confidence that Yaritza got learning to sew with the sewing machine we gave them, she mobilized herself to learn how to drive so that she could transport her daughter to preschool by car whereas before she couldn’t always walk due to her prosthetic leg. Unfortunately, Julio had lost his job as a mechanic because of slow business and was out of work for 1 ½ months, but Edelmira (house build of 2011) helped Yaritza and family with food and provisions during this tough time. Julio is working again now as of last week. We are certainly building community here. All these families are now helping each other.
Jorge, Caty, Marianna, Daniela, Socorro
We built a home for Socorro, her daughter Caty, husband Jorge and daughter Marianna in 2009. (Jorge is one of Rosita’s sons). Socorro had just lost her husband in 2008. But she has recently remarried and is very happy. Meanwhile, Jorge and Caty just had another child, daughter Daniela, who is now 5 months. Jorge and Caty asked Jesse and Joanna to be Daniela’s godparents. The baptism will be celebrated during our July trip. This makes the 3rd baptism that the St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry will be a part of. Bob and Monica, as well as Stephanie and Eddie, are also Tijuana-baby godparents. Perhaps we can rechristen ourselves to be the St Julie’s Building and Baptism Ministry J. God is gracious.
Cesar and Reina Llamas
On our way back toward the Tecate border, we visited Cesar and Reina Llamas who were deported back to Mexico right before our July 2012 trip. They have 4 children who are all US citizens. Members of the Tijuana Ministry and Justice for Immigrants have been working hard with this couple ever since to get their children visas to be able to visit their parents (and they did over Xmas break) and to apply for humanitarian parole for the couple. We presented them with beautiful photos of the whole family (taken over the Xmas break) so they could have their boys close to their hearts. The couple is living in a retirement property owned by Rosita/Jose and are working at a local market to sustain themselves. The apartment is in a nice and safe neighborhood and they are grateful for all our love, support and prayers. Bob and Jesse helped Cesar figure out how he can hook up the hot water heater permanently. The couple hopes that we can help transport their boys to them again for the summer break.
Discussion with Fr Nick and Fr Joe about the Program:
We talk to Fr Nick and Fr Tom about the needs of the people of La Morita and how best we can serve them in the future. Although we have focused on building complete homes in the past for 1-3 families, bothpriests mentioned that building roof structures as well as room dividers/walls for privacy is also very much needed and could reach a broader community. Fr Nick also suggested building “sensillos” (simple houses) much smaller than the ones we build now. St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry will take this into consideration in future board meetings to see if/how we could adapt the program to meet these needs.
Investigate Expansion of Mother’s and Children’s Programs to Terraces I
We have been running our Mothers’ and Children’s programs at the same home site location where we stay in Tijuana (Terraces II) for all the previous years. Since it is the home site, it is convenient and easier to deal with logistically. However, we have discussed the possibility of expanding the programs to the Terraces I location, in addition to Terraces II, so that we could build community in that area, as well. The locations are about 2 miles apart. Terraces I is on flat ground, contains more classrooms, wide open spaces and easy bathroom, kitchen facilities. However, it is on a busy street, is more ‘open’ and accessible and therefore has some security concerns, in addition to the logistical considerations of moving resources and materials from home site to program site. No decision has been reached on this yet. When the program leads have been identified, we will discuss this further and finalize plans.
We discussed various ways to improve upon the reflection program for the 2013 trip. The teens, in particular, have expressed a desire to have a reflection tailored for them. We discussed having local teens from the area come in for a Q&A session about their lives, as well as to take the teens on a tour of the location of the “2008 apparition of the Lady of Guadalupe” for a teen reflection location. We also considered having the baptism and fiesta in lieu of one of our evening reflections, since the relationship-building aspect of the baptism and fiesta is its own sort of reflection of the meaning of the community that we build in service and solidarity to the most poor of North America.
Fr Joe Dowling
San Eugenio Parish
Fr Nick Harding:
San Eugenio Parish
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry, St Julie’s Parish
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry, St Julie’s Parish
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry, St Simon’s Parish
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry, St Julie’s Parish
St Julie’s Tijuana Ministry, St Julie’s Parish
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She is a teacher at the School for kids with disabilities. She speaks excellent English. We are in touch with her to get her ‘wish list’ of supplies for the school.
Albergue las Memorias A.C.
Albergue las Memorias A.C.
This is the AIDS clinic
Resurrection Parish in Sunnyvale is joining the St Julie's Tijuana Ministry this summer. Kick-off masses will occur at Resurrection on Feb 9-10 and 1st Resurrection Parish meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 11th at 7:00 pm in the Alcoves of Farana Center. We look forward to working with Father Bob Léger, the Pastor at Resurrection. And thanks to Bob Masik for all his hard work in publicity and organization.
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