Santa Julia expands its facilities
By Jade Arroyo
Last year, Casa Hogar Don Bosco (located on calle Sollano) and Casa Hogar Santa Julia merged to cut down administrative expenses. Since August 2013 all the girls have been living at the facility at Chupiro 5 in colonia Santa Julia in tight quarters. To improve living conditions for the girls, a dormitory was built within the Santa Julia facilities. The six-month construction project was made possible by a donation of US$60,000 from the Draneys, through their own money and their family foundation. In further support, the builders, electricians, plumbers, and other tradesmen lowered their prices to 25 percent. Architects Hugo Ramírez and Adriana donated their work and plans and supervised the workers.
The new dormitory has a capacity for 52 girls, and it’s meant to be for girls from 2 thru 12; the teenagers sleep in other area. Currently there 38 girls sleeping in the new dormitory. The dormitory has solar cells to heat water and provide lighting; it also has individual closets and mirrors, which give the girls a sense of independence and pride. Each room was named after a value such as “harmony,” “love” or “respect,” and each displays a different religious image.
The areas where they slept before have been turned into spaces for psychological and medical care, a TV room and a crafts room. Mother Laura Rangel said, “This was a great help for us. It made everything easier and faster. We see this as a manifestation of the love God has for the girls. Also, it makes a difference for them to see all the people who care about them and want to support them.”
Donna Draney said: “We been involved for two years. We’ve been blessed to help San Miguel orphanages, Santa Julia and Mexiquito. We were looking for a project to support the community and we’re happy to have built a dormitory. Here you can see where the money goes; every peso is spent correctly, and we are very fond of the nuns and the board members. It makes it easy to work with them and help them more. Future projects include sponsoring the food for the girls and a 15-passenger, gas-efficient vehicle. We have a family foundation, Draney Family and Friends, through which people may make personal donations. Each child has a different background, and we are so happy they have this nurturing place where they feel secure and loved.”
The second annual charity golf tournament “Ventanas de Oportunidad,” a fund-raising event for Santa Julia, is scheduled for July 5. All the proceeds will go toward paying for private education for the girls. To help with this fundraiser contact Naomi Lawler at email@example.com or visit www.ventanasdeoportunidad.org or www.santajulia.org.
Casa Hogar Santa Julia, founded in 2005, provides housing, education, and support to girls and young women in need. Surrounded by the competent, caring devotion of their beloved Madres, the girls of Santa Julia are transformed into confident, educated young women.
Yasmín, an 18-year-old who has excellent grades, wants to become a gynaecologist and is going to medical school this fall. She has already being accepted at Guadalajara and Guanajuato universities and is in the process of choosing which she will attend.