Welcome A MESSAGE FROM OUR VICE PRESIDENT Hello and welcome to the first edition of our quarterly newsletter. We hope that this new endeavor will prove to be a great benefit for our organization as it will highlight our work and our mission as well as provide us an exciting way to communicate regular news, updates and give you insight into our client, staff, volunteer, donor and board base so that you know exactly what is going on at Bethany House! Summer is here and as we usher in the Summer season, I am excited to share with you some of the events and activities Bethany House has planned for the coming months. Please save the date for our upcoming Gala. By far the most important of our fundraisers that is held every other year. Our Gala will be held on December 5, 2014. Stay tuned for more information related to this wonderful event that bring us all together! I also want to take this opportunity to thank all of our volunteers, donors and supporters. Our ability to sustain our mission is because of their continued participation and support. The generous contributions make Bethany House the vibrant organization that it is today, and I feel very privileged to be a part of the continued growth and success of this organization. On behalf of the Board of Directors we can’t thank you enough! If you know of someone who should be in receipt of this newsletter, please feel free to forward it along or give us their contact information to add to our distribution list. By the same token if you have anything you would like to share through our newsletter please send it over to us- who knows?- perhaps it will be printed! In closing, I would like to remind you of the importance of communicating our mission to facilitate and increase the support that has allowed us to become the organization we are today. Please use this latest medium, the first of what I hope will be many President’s letters, to pass on the work accomplished but above all to communicate the unremitting and extraordinary need we strive to fulfill.
Best regards, EVELYN SAMES Vice President Bethany House Board of Directors
The Lamar Bruni Vergara Shelter Complex undergoes renovation.
Congratulations Rosario Garcia on your Unsung Heroes Award!
Before the Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope was a reality, Bethany House had to prioritize on providing emergency shelter exclusively to men due to the limited capacity and a pressing need. Today, with the new emergency shelter at The Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope, which provides 28 beds for men, the Lamar Bruni Vergara Shelter Complex will be able to cater to women in need. We are excited to share with you that an extensive renovation to this facility has been recently completed and will very soon allow us to extend this much anticipated service to our women population.
Rosario Garcia, director of Luz de Esperanza for more than 15 years, was recognized at the Annual Heroes Event by the Next Generation Rotary Club on April 2nd. The organization bestows this honor on those who exemplify the “Service above Self” motto. Rosario was nominated by Jose Ceballos, in recognition of her relentless dedication to mentor, inspire and empower the most vulnerable, our children. Bethany House is privileged to have Rosario Garcia lead the educational programs with her invaluable expertise and admirable enthusiasm.
Smile Magic Dental brings the joy of Easter to resident kids.
The Federal Court System throws fun-filled Easter party.
The Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope was especially colorful on Friday, April 18th. Smile Magic Dental graciously shared fun moments with resident kids and families by organizing a special day for them to enjoy. With face painting, an egg hunt and other fun activities, 25 kids residing with their families under the transitional housing program, had a wonderful party in anticipation of Easter Sunday. Thanks for sharing your smiles with us!
Federal probation officers Judge George P. Kazen, Judge Diana Saldana, Luz Garza and Sonia Ortiz hosted a memorable Easter party for the kids on April 19th. Judge Saldana opened her home to set the scene for this springtime party where a jumping castle and candy & popcorn machines were the main attractions. Kids enjoyed their favorite foods and received their easter baskets full of cool goodies compliments of the Federal Court System team. Thank you for your generosity!
-MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS-
BETHANY HOUSE IN
OUR MISSION IN NUMBERS FACTS JAN- MAY 2014
I crossed paths with Bethany House 25 years ago and for that I will always feel privileged. My very dear friend, the late Barbara Kazen, kindly introduced me to Bethany House along with a few other local non-profit organizations. However, there was something special about this organization that deeply resonated with me. My memories of the extreme poverty conditions in Mexico made me realize that there were very similar circumstances in Laredo; but, more importantly, that there was so much more to be done to alleviate the suffering of those in desperate need. In the early days, as a member of the advisory board, the more I observed and learned from Barbara’s dedication and passion for the mission, the more I was driven to give of myself to the cause. Barbara’s testimony was truly my biggest motivation. She was perfectly qualified to take on the challenges that came with leading Bethany House, but above all, she was so caring and committed that she instilled in all the members of the board that same spirit of giving. Today, I am humbled with how much Bethany House has given me. This organization has gifted me with the opportunity to help others and meet wonderful people along the way, especially my fellow board members. As long as God keeps me in good health and I continue to be blessed with the support of my dear husband and son, I will surely continue to help.
Total meals were served by Bethany House to individuals and families in need.
meals served on-site
served to low income children through the Kids Café program and to Luz de Esperanza students.
prepared for partnering agencies
FANNY STAVOROWSKI Secretary Bethany House Board of Directors
(Next Step, Volunteers Serving the Need & Border Region)
families in average were housed at the transitional units per month.
For her years of advocacy and instrumental fundraising efforts to
support Bethany House, Fanny Stavorowski was named on March 27 the recipient of the Jefferson/Acorn Award for Public Service through the Laredo Area Community Foundation and sponsored by the Laredo Morning Times. She was among 17 other nominees from local organizations. Fanny will travel to Washington D.C. this summer to represent Laredo on behalf of Bethany House for the national Jackie Kennedy Onassis Award for Outstanding Public Service.
meals delivered to homes of elderly and disabled
distributed to homeless in north Laredo with the help of Stepping Stone Ministries
607 pantry bags handed out to impoverished families.
An avg. of
54 homeless persons received shelter each month.
Kitchen facilities were conditioned during extreme cold nights to shelter an average of
30 individuals every night.
INDIVIDUAL ACTS OF GENEROSITY CAN MAKE A PROFOUND IMPACT IN A GREAT NUMBER OF PEOPLE
of Don Manuel LOYALTY TO THE MISSION Mondays through Fridays you can find Don Manuel Santos at the Bethany House dining facility as early as 5:00 a.m. every day. He assists in the kitchen preparing meals and by 7:45 a.m. he gets ready for his main job, deliver 121 meals to the homes of the elderly and disabled. Don Manuel, has worked as the driver for Bethany House for 28 years. A man of faith, father of seven and an exceptionally hard working man, Manuel Santos, up until this day uses the keys to the kitchen given to him in 1986 by the founder of Bethany House, Father Charles McNaboe. In the 28 years he has served the organization, Don Manuel has never missed a single day. “There is no one that knows the routes like I do. I guess that is why, God has never failed me and has blessed me with good health for so many years.” Don Manuel jokingly says. At 75 years old, he stands strong and with a vitality that puts many 20 year olds to shame. For many, especially the elderly, the meal delivery, is one of very few personal visits they may receive during the day. Beyond feeding the body, the personal delivery brings them hope. About the appreciation the homebound clients have for him, Don Manuel, shares, ”I came to this world to help and give a hand to those who need it most, and that is what I wish I can do for many more years to come”.
-CLIENT SUCCESS STORIES-
ONE YEAR IN COLLEGE.
Dreams OF A LIFTIME.
Liliana Medellin and Sergio Garza represent “Luz de Esperanza” in its truest form. Both students have been part of Bethany House’s educational program since its inception, almost 15 years ago, always under the close mentorship of Rosario Garcia. Recently, Lily and Sergio reached a very significant milestone in their lives and Bethany House couldn’t be more proud. Both have successfully completed their first year at LCC, an achievement that they attribute to the two most important values learned at the Bethany House Learning Center, hard work and responsibility. This accomplishment marks the beginning of very promising futures and both have a remarkably clear mind of they would like that to be. Lily, “a free spirit”, as Rosario refers to her, wants to major in History and also develop skills that can allow her to be one day a spokesperson for animal rights. Sergio, a very determined young man, would like to pursue a career in criminal justice to help others. LILIANA & SERGIO Luz de Esperanza Students
-THE DONOR CORNER-
Thanks! FOR YOUR BIG HEART AND FAITHFUL SUPPORT. THE OPPORTUNITY OF A FRESH START AND NEW BEGINNINGS. During times of crisis, homeless female individuals are in critical need of personal hygiene supplies to maintain proper cleanliness and improve their overall health conditions. Women’s City Club, has had a tremendous role in supporting our commitment to the community over the years, and this time donated $3,000 allowing Bethany House to purchase 105 New Beginnings Welcome Kits containing a hair brush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, deodorant, undergarments, etc. We truly thank Mrs. Esther Delgado and her team who have blessed women atrisk with essential tools to start a new chapter in their lives! WOMEN’S CITY CLUB
“BUCKS FOR BETHANY” The Cola Blanca committee is proof that the opportunities to help are limitless. Patrick H. Alexander, Jr. started a program a couple of years ago entitled “Bucks For Bethany”. With this program, local hunters, ranchers and friends donated venison for Bethany House meal services and generously assisted with $1,000 dollars to cover meat processing expenses. In this committee who extraordinarily honors Pat’s legacy, Bethany House finds great motivation and strong allies in the fight against hunger. We can’t thank you enough… PATRICK H. ALEXANDER, JR. MEMORIAL
HOME RUNS FOR HOPE This year the Laredo Lemurs went to great lengths to help the less fortunate in the community. Home Runs for Hope raises money through pledges by sponsors each time a Lemurs player hits a home run at Uni-Trade Stadium. This year Southern Distributing and Family Chevrolet, among other local business contributed with the Laredo Lemurs to donate $40,000 to three Laredo charities and Bethany House was fortunate to receive $13,000! Every dollar given by the Laredo Lemurs and participating businesses is a step forward in our mission. Thank you for the continued support! LAREDO LEMURS
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, a stranger you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me… whatever you did for these least brothers of mine you did for me.” Matthew 25:35,40
IN-KIND DONATIONS Critical to our mission is not only being able to provide shelter and serve a hot meal. The struggles of those at a lower income spectrum are varied and their options to get back on their feet are limited. With the summer time and back-to-school season come particular challenges. If you wish to make in-kind donations we invite you to consider the following items that we are sure will be very effective in covering their immediate needs:
HYGIENE PRODUCTS Shampoo, Soap, Feminine care, Deodorants, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes Disposable razors
FLOOR FANS FOR HOMEBOUND CLIENTS (Elderly and Disabled)
Your donations are extremely valuable. If you wish to donate any of the above items or have clothing, furniture or household items in good condition, please drop off your donation at the Barbara A. Kazen Center for Hope located downtown at 817 Hidalgo Street. Or for pick up, contact Beatriz Saldana at (956)722-4152 or email a pick up request to firstname.lastname@example.org
-VOLUNTEERS IN ACTION-
Meet Magdalena Martinez, our most recent volunteer. Through a friend, she learned about Bethany House and figured that putting her skills to the service of others would be a good way to give back. Magdalena generously donates her time twice a week and offers free hair cuts to almost 20 Bethany House clients each visit. “Everybody likes to look good and I am glad to know that I can help them feel better about themselves.” Magdalena said.
Interested in reaching out? Volunteers are always welcomed. If you would like to share the gift of your time through our established service programs or have a creative idea on how your knowledge, skills and talents can contribute to the cause, please get in touch with Beatriz at beatriz@bethanyhouseoflaredo. org or (956)722-4152.
Any exciting plans for summer? We might have something just right for you. We are inviting friends from the community to bring a bright summer to the children residing at the shelter. Parents challenged by homelessness and economic struggles can hardly provide their children moments of recreation, so we are encouraging volunteers to organize fun activities that can relief some of the stress off the parent’s shoulders during their stay at Bethany House.
Suggestions include organizing: • Sports activities on or off-site. • Summer outings or field trips. • Games and crafts on-site. • Summer Parties. * Average number of kids currently residing at the shelter is 25.
Together WE CAN DO MORE.
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We are very grateful to the growing number of people who have supported Bethany House over the years. Every donation we receive, no matter how small, helps sustain our various supporting programs. If you wish to contribute with monetary donations please fill out this form scan and send via email to: nancy@bizlaredo. rr.com, fax to (800)525-4165 or mail to Bethany House of Laredo, 817 Hidalgo St., Laredo TX 78040.
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS
Tour THE SITES
If you haven’t visited our new facilities, and haven’t seen how much is going at the new Barbara A Kazen Center for Hope, you are missing out! We are happy to welcome our loyal donors, corporate partners and community friends to take a tour of the sites.
Bethany House Arts Month
THE FACES OF HOMELESSNESS- “Creating awareness and understanding surrounding the issues of hunger, homelessness, food insecurity, and poverty as it affects those in our community.” Bethany House will dedicate for the first time a month to arts projects in coordination with local artists and residents.
Stay tuned as we share the outcome of this exciting endeavor!
Learn more about our programs, visit the renovated women’s shelter, check out the new transitional housing units or see our kitchen facilities in full action. Tours take about an hour and can be scheduled Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. To schedule a tour contact Javier Garcia at (956)722-4152 or email him at email@example.com.