Helping to light the way to hope

By Trish Snyder

While you were sleeping this morning, thousands of pilgrims and over 100 CASA staff and volunteers were leaving the Plaza Principal on a mission. Accompanied by exploding fireworks and Indian dancers, we headed down Canal and were greeted by spectators offering oranges, hot coffee, bolillos and blessings. The Pilgrims will walk for nine more days to the state of Jalisco to pay homage to the Virgin of San Juan de los Lagos, known for bestowing miracles on women and children. The CASA staff and volunteers accompany the Pilgrims on the first leg of their journey—and we are also on a mission.

Many of us are carrying purple butterfly wings with messages of hope and peace. We are the San Miguel Walk Against Violence and a recognized contingent of the centuries-old Pilgrimage. As the primary source of funding for the anti-violence program at CASA, we take our responsibility seriously. The funds raised through our efforts support the three young psychologists who work in the anti-violence program. They run support groups; intervene in crises; provide ongoing counseling; staff a 24-hour emergency hotline; accompany victims to court; access medical care, legal assistance and emergency shelter. Most importantly, they educate young people, policemen, teachers and families on how to break the cycle of violence.

If you have already made your contribution to the San Miguel Walk Against Violence, thank you very much. If not, please consider making CASA’s anti-violence program part of your charitable giving. A fully tax-deductible gift of any size will help preserve our continuum of services for people of all ages who have experienced family or dating violence, abuse, sexual exploitation, or other trauma.

Thank you for helping to light the way to hope.

Go to to make a secure donation online. You may also leave a check at La Conexión, Aldama 3, Box 264 B. US check made payable to San Miguel CASA, Inc. Canadian check made payable to Amistad. Mexican check made payable to Centro para los Adolescentes, A.C. Be sure to specify anti-violence on the memo line.


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