Announcing the Shalom San Miguel de Allende Guardian Angels Program: In memory of Marcia Dworkin

By Keshet Olmedo

Registration is now open to the general public for a new community service project to be undertaken by Shalom San Miguel de Allende/CHESMA, AC (Comunidad Hebrea En SMA). If you live alone here in SMA, this could literally be a lifesaver. Volunteers are now ready to begin calling registered enrollees on a daily basis to check in on them, and a protocol to alert medical and civil authorities, when necessary, has been worked out. In addition, all enrollees will be given a File of Life refrigerator magnet to be filled out and kept up-to-date; in the event of an emergency, this (bilingual) information can assist the EMTs and emergency room personnel in giving you the best possible care.

Why would you need this new service? If you already have a coterie of close friends and/or family members who call you every single day or if you have seven-day maid service–you probably don’t. But if you live alone and haven’t established such a network or are new to the area, the SSMA Guardian Angels Program might be for you. What if you fall or are assaulted on a Friday afternoon, are unable to call for help, and your domestic employee doesn’t come in until Monday, at the earliest? Unfortunately, just such a scenario has occurred recently to two individuals in our community that we are aware of. The SSMA GAP was developed precisely because of these instances, to try to prevent this from happening to others– maybe even from happening to you.

To sign up, or for more information about this initiative, please call the new SMA Jewish Cultural and Community Center at 185-9191, or stop by our offices at Las Moras 47, Col. Allende/Guadiana (on the corner of Las Moras and 5 de Mayo). You can also learn more about this program and enroll by visiting our website:

A suggested donation of 150 pesos will be graciously accepted at the time of your enrollment; no will be turned away for inability to pay. This holiday season, give yourself the gift of peace of mind: sign up today.


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