Casa de los Ángeles: The Future

By Kay Miller

I was first introduced to Casa de los Ángeles when I came to San Miguel to volunteer at the daycare center with the founder’s daughter, Annie. Annie’s mother, Donna Quathamer, had come to Mexico several years earlier and founded the daycare as a free place for indigent working moms to bring their young children for safe care, nourishing meals, and so much more. At that time, it was a makeshift center in a former restaurant in Colonia San Antonio. You must see the beautiful facility they’re in now!

Fifteenth Anniversary of
Casa de los Ángeles
Quinceañera
Sat, Feb 27, 5–8pm
Casa de los Ángeles
Enrique Velasco Ibarra 9
Colonia Santa Julia
250 peso donation
Tickets available at La Conexión
(Aldama 3 and Café Monet)
And online at casadelosangeles.org

I fell in love with the daycare facility, the children, the moms and teachers, and with Donna. For those who have not met Donna, you must—she is amazing! With lots of prayers, generous and dedicated supporters, incredible teachers— many of whom have been there since the beginning and all of whom have been moms of the daycare kids themselves—and lots of hard work, Donna has built this institution into one of the most valuable nonprofit organizations in San Miguel. It is now housed in a beautiful new facility in Santa Julia with an onsite volunteer house and playground. It has grown far beyond a daycare center, which provides a myriad of supportive services to the mothers and children. For many it has become a home and support system they have never known.

After 15 years of service to this community, Donna is stepping aside to make way for the new and energetic executive director. Donna will be able devote more time to her own brood of grandchildren and mentor those who will continue the work of Casa de los Ángeles.

Now for the future . . . Why am I so certain that this wonderful institution will continue to thrive and grow? Because I have seen the throngs of people in San Miguel, the US, and Canada who support the work of this organization; because I have seen the dedication and commitment of the thousands of volunteers young and old; because I have seen the wondrous faces of happy children who have found a safe haven and nurturing and loving teachers and volunteers who have helped them get ready to face the world; because l see the moms whose lives have been changed from the support and encouragement they have received; because the Administrator, Miguel, the go-to guy, will deliver all sorts of stuff on time and under budget.

I am also certain because I know the creative and compassionate young woman, Bonnie Watt, who is stepping into the role of executive director, will bring new ideas and creative leadership while Donna remains in San Miguel to mentor and guide her.

I encourage you all to turn out on Saturday, February 27, from 5–8pm, at the Casa de los Ángeles complex in Colonia Santa Julia to say thank you to Donna and her staff and to meet the new director, Bonnie, and wish her well. Come to mingle with more than 200 moms and kids who will be in attendance to sing and dance for you. Eat delicious Mexican food from the cooks who prepare over 150 meals a day for the children, siblings, volunteers, and staff. All this is yours for 250 pesos, and there are a silent auction and raffle, tours of the facilities, and fireworks and cake at the end of the evening. I hope to see you all there to celebrate 15 years of service, success, growth, and next steps. A real quinceañera!

 

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