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RISE Children's Shelter Vallarta August Newsletter

Louise Martin - RISE
August 17, 2016

Dear friends:

This is the first of our continuing newsletters which will we hope will keep you informed about the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza (R.I.S.E). It has been our mission to "Provide a safe and caring home for children who are at risk" and each day we look for ways that we can carry out this mission.

We think it is important to explain that our children come from homes where their parents are alcoholics, drug addicts, or the parents may be incarcerated or too poor to care for them. We can house up to 50 children and they can be as young as a newborn or up to 12 years of age. Some children have been there a short time and some for years. These children cannot be adopted as it is the hope of the Mexican Social Services that someday they can return to their family.

We receive a small amount of support from the Mexican government but the majority of our financial support comes from private and corporate donations.

Recently the Children's Shelter of Hope has elected to no longer support us. That is unfortunate as many of our patrons use this foundation as a way to send us donations.
We are excited to announce to you that we have formed our own non-profit 501(c)(3) foundation to receive funds so your donations will be received directly by us and you will receive a U.S. Federal tax deduction.
We have an account with Bancomer in Mexico and we have recently set up an account at Wells Fargo Bank in the U.S. where your donation can be sent by personal check or money wire. We now have a professional accounting firm in the U.S. which can receive and deposit your personal checks.

You can send your personal check to our accountant at the following address:    
Morey, Jones & Pfeiffer PC - Attn:  RISE
3314 North Parham Road    
Richmond, VA  23294
Important!!  Be sure to address the check to the Refugio Infantil Santa Esperanza or RISE and put the account #0068600178 on the Memo line of the check along with your email so we can send you a donation thank you letter.

If you wish to wire money to our Wells Fargo Bank account in the U.S., here are the instructions:

Account Number:  2937256655
Routing Number:  537700501
Beneficiary:     RISE
Address:         Wells Fargo Bank
                         9000 Patterson Avenue
                         Richmond,  VA  23229
Telephone:     (804) 750-2214

Or, you can donate by credit card or PayPal through our website of RISE PV.
Our Recent Success Stories!

Sofia Robles and Ron Dalgleish are working on change so the children have more hands-on care.
We now have 3 nannies. Adriana has been with us for 13 years she will be in charge of the other nannies. We now also have Maria and Yolanda. They are all wonderful with the children and we are so lucky to have them! Their photos are above.

• Sofia has developed relationships with OXXO and Costco as sponsors and we look forward to their support. Additional corporate sponsors are also being cultivated as we need their financial support and item donations such as food and other goods used daily.

• The space which used to be the study and play area has now been renovated to create a new girls dorm which provides more privacy and additional beds. The library has been moved upstairs to a brighter and airier area.  

• Our psychologist has been working with all of the children in a team setting to teach the children love and respect. We continue to see tremendous improvement in their social skills due to this team's effort and counseling.

• The RISE staff and children attended the International Altruism Festival at the Marriott which gave us an opportunity to share our story about the Refuge. The Festival was founded by our U.S. Consular General Mrs. Kelly Trainor 13 years ago, and we received wonderful comments from Mrs. Trainor saying we had the most professional and interesting booth of all of the participants.
• This summer 14 members of the Seaver Foundation from England took the children to camp to teach them swim and learn social and leadership skills. The children find this experience educational and fun.  Below is a photo of some of the volunteers and children at camp.

• Our friend Antonio and volunteers (seen below) recently took some of the children to the beach to educate them on the life of sea turtles. He explained how the turtles hatch on the beach, migrate and then return to lay their eggs. The kids actually took part in a turtle release and it was an amazing educational experience for them.

• We continue to have an active volunteer group and are grateful to everyone who gives of their time. Through our newsletters we will strive to keep you informed of our needs and how you can volunteer.   Our website will soon be updated with information about how and when you can volunteer.

Future Programs:

• We will be visited by a group called Medix from Chicago who will provide dental and medical examinations and mentor the children in personal hygiene.  We want to provide nursing training and trips to local hospitals for children who desire to take up the nursing profession.  

• We are working on setting up a computer classroom so we can offer computer training.   

• When children arrive they are all different educational levels. Some children cannot read or write their names. We want to provide a better school and are actively searching for funds for private tutoring to help those children who are behind catch up with children their own age.

• We are very excited about the possibility of setting up a vocational training school which will offer culinary classes and other skills so the children can learn skills that will provide them with employment later in life.

As you can see, we have BIG plans and are actively moving forward to create a healthier and more caring environment for our children. We cannot thank you enough for your support over the years and we are working very hard to provide the highest level of care for the children.

Our very best to all of you and, again, thank you for your continuing support!

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