Through giving a family to orphaned, neglected and hurting children of TIjuana, Mexico, we are raising up the next generation of world-changers and breaking the poverty cycle in these kids´ lives, to give them a hope for the future because THEY ARE WORTH IT!
27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.
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We envision a financially stable home made up of staff, kids, and teens who are confident in who God made them each to be, responsible, work, play and rest together as a family, and allow each to pursue their dreams with love covering and defining all we do.
Samuel and Celeste are the on-site directors and they have 2 young daughters. They have lived at City of Angels for 5 years and are very skilled at what they do. On a daily basis they manage the staff, parent their own biological children and all the kids here, run errands, manage finances, pay bills, buy groceries, receive groups, visitors, and volunteers and interface with supporters near and far. They love the Lord Jesus Christ and do all they do to serve Him.
Cecia and Eunice are twin sisters who were abandoned at a young age and raised for part of their childhood at City of Angels Children´s Home (COA). They care for the kids and manage all the laundry and organization of storage rooms. They both work around the clock 6 days a week to care for the kids and love them as a mom. They are here to serve the kids and believe the Lord called them to come work here two years ago.
Tony is a young man who grew up at COA along with his 6 siblings and has come back a few years ago to work as the chofer for the kids and staff and the Maintenance Manager. He is a hard worker and is also great with all the boys.
Blanca is our cook and she does a great job 5 days a week cooking 3 meals a day and giving out snacks for all the kids and staff. She and her 2 younger kids also spend a lot of time with the kids here at COA and she is a blessing to our kids.
Andy and Jamie Nunes serve at City of Angels and live on-site as well. They have two young children and help out with various areas. Andy is the Spiritual Director of the orphanage and Jamie helps out with the home school program and they both help with fundraising and receiving visitors.
Pati also grew up here as a kid and now lives nearby but comes regularly to watch the kids, and help with cooking and other projects. She is a joy to be around and is very helpful.
1)What type of kids do we have at our home? They come directly from the Mexican government equivalent of Child Protective Services, which is called “DIF.” All our kids have been either abandoned by their parents and left at a DIF shelter or severely neglected by their families and subsequently taken from their homes by the DIF. They have all experienced terrible things in their lives before coming to COA.
2) How many staff work at our campus: 8
3) What should I wear on a day trip? Wear comfortable clothes that you can move around in. Please be sure to wear MODEST clothing as you will be interacting with kids and teens. Cut-off shorts of low-cut tops are not permitted. Clothes toed shoes are ideal (for various projects you may be doing and playing soccer) but make sure they are comfortable shoes if your group will be walking back across the border as its a bit of a long walk. Bring a rain jacket if there is a chance of rain and bring a sweater regardless. The weather is a bit unpredictable here and can change quickly throughout the day and from one day to the next.
4) What should I bring on a visit? Bring your passport (you’ll need it to cross back across the border), water bottle, good walking shoes, sweater or jacket, personal items needed for the day, and backpack. If you have food allergies please bring your own lunch because the staff has to cook for a large group of people and cannot accommodate special requests.
5) Are all of our kids involved in a church? Yes our kids are involved in the church we go to on Sundays (Iglesia Ancla) and the teens also go to youth group during the week.
6)What is the best way to help? The BEST way to help is whatever way works for you and that you can commit to. We have the same needs arise month after month and we need people like to you to commit to praying for us and donating monthly to financially support the work we are doing as a ministry if that is something you feel led to do. We love visitors as well and would love to meet you and your group or family and give you a tour of what life is like for our kids so that you can have a better idea of how you can be involved in their lives and support them. These kids have been through so much and need all the extra support, love and prayers you and us together can give them.
7) What physical donations is COA in need of? This answer changes regularly but there are always the staples that we need such as:
- Cleaning supplies (Laundry detergent, fabric softener, disinfectant, Pinol, etc.)
- Paper goods (paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)
- Fresh fruits, vegetables, meat, and milk, etc.
- Financial contributions to pay the electricity bill, staff salaries, gas bill (we use gas for cooking and hot water and a few dryers but we also use solar panels and hang dry most of the clothes) cell phone bills, doctor and dentist bills, occasional medication, gas for the van, building repairs, etc.
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