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Working Together for the Community

The most common complaints we hear about non-profits and service organizations is that they don’t work together, are competitive and egocentric in their efforts.  I don’t believe that is true.  Since moving here in 2009, I have seen many examples of a common community spirit working in these organizations.  The most recent being evident in the number of organizations who helped get the Knock Out Hunger program started and who continue to contribute to it’s budget and commissary.  Yes, the original committee dissolved in time and things didn’t work out exactly as some anticipated but the ‘meals on wheels’ did get started and continues on due to the daily labor of a few and the continued support of many.

So here we are in San Felipe in the midst of our hot and slow season, looking to the future and planning another meeting of the minds.  Yes, we realize that many of our winter citizens are in cooler locations but there are still a great many of local citizens, both native and immigrants, who live here year round and care about their neighbors here in San Felipe.  The upcoming meeting will be a starting point.  I am sure there will still be work to do and ways to help left for the snowbirds to jump into when they return.

With that said, I am excited to share Kyle’s Facebook announcement with you.


We will be forming a committee here in San Felipe for local community and local non-profit organizations to come together to address the needs of the community and figure out once and for all how we can work together and support each other to meet these needs. This will include both the ex-pat community leaders and local community leaders and local government. We hope to address issues such as education, hunger, medical, security, youth programs, cleanliness, needs of the elderly, needs of the disabled, job creation and economic stimulation etc. If you would like to participate and are ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work, we would love to have your participation.



Johanna’s New Home

homeforjohanaShared from Facebook:  Jessica Ireland writes…

NEED TO RAISE $450 ASAP to purchase this trailer for Johanna and her 9 children! I am so pleased to announce that I have finally found a trailer perfect for Johanna and her 9 children. As many of you know, in September, while I was in San Felipe, there was a flash flood and a single mother with 9 children lost their trailer. After 2 months of searching, I found a perfect trailer for the family and although I have been able to raise $1250, the cost of the trailer is $1700 plus the cost to register it and the cost for plates. I will pick up the cost of the registration, plates and expenses to transport it but as a full-time student with no income, I cannot cover the additional $450 needed to gift this family a HOME.

Johanna and her children are currently living in the 8×6 plywood home that Eli and Efrain were living in prior to us raising enough money to move them into their new home. To say that their current living conditions are unsuitable, is an understatement!

In addition to raising $450, I would like to ask for any donations for household goods that will be used to decorate and furnish the trailer for this family. If you have any bedding, kitchen, bathroom and decor items that you would like to donate to this family, please let me know.

I will also be having a cleaning, painting and decorating party next Saturday in anyone is interested in lending a hand to turn this trailer into a beautiful home for this family. I already know that with the assistance of family and friends, raising the $450 will not be an issue so let’s get together and truly make a huge difference in the lives of Johanna and her children.

If you’re able to donate, regardless of the amount, please let me know as soon as possible. It goes without saying that ever little bit will help.

I will be heading down to San Felipe on November 25th to deliver the trailer to Johanna and her children……. Help be the change you wish to see in the world.

Thank you in advance for all of your support, love, kindness and generosity. We have already contributed so much to the lives of so many poverty stricken men, women and children in San Felipe…… We will be doing it once again!

Review: Genius of Generosity

To be smart, spend carefully.  To be wise, save regularly.  To be genius, give extravagantly….Chip Ingram Genius of Generoscity


This book pretty much sums up one of my most basic core beliefs but it met with mixed reviews on Amazon. Some say that Chip comes across much better on video. It’s free today on Amazon. What do you think about it?

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