Get what you give
By James Lasher
For three weeks I have had the privilege to serve at Casa de Los Ángeles. I have supported the organization providing daycare for children in need for three years. The nurturing environment continues to provide exceptional care for their community of children to strengthen the larger community of San Miguel de Allende.
I have witnessed grateful mothers leaving their cherished children at the Casa de Los Angeles daycare center with the confidence their children would receive the best of services. LouLou Ullmark from Sweden writes in her volunteer blog, “They are thankful for the simple things they get… food, support, love and attention.” In my 17 years of youth education Casa de Los Ángeles children will remain part of a select group of youngsters who truly appreciate and want to receive more from caring individuals.
What makes Casa de Los Angeles a remarkable community are the volunteers from around the world. The service minded people often receive in return what they provide. Ariana Álvarez summarizes the sentiments most volunteers have after their departure from Casa de Los Ángeles. “I would have never imagined how blessed, humbled, and content I would feel by the end of my time here.” In the previous three years I visited Casa de Los Angeles I met volunteers from New Zealand, Australia and many other countries making similar comments.
During my time at Casa de Los Ángeles I was greeted with open arms of children and teachers looking forward to understanding more about ourselves and each other. Three social service students from Helsinki, Finland support this claim by proclaiming, “they have showed us a totally different perspective of life.” Another volunteer from Oregon in the United States writes, “The biggest professional benefit that I gained was clarity in my career aspirations through my participation at the daycare.” While at the center I have learned more about the genuine hearts of people of Mexico and other international servants indirectly becoming ambassadors for their countries.
To learn more about and support Casa de Los Ángeles please contact Carolyn at firstname.lastname@example.org and visit their online site http://casadelosangeles.org/