28 Apr Caring Through The Vallado Project
In 2005 Lupita and Toñita, best friends and business partners, had finally had enough. Every day they would pass by children eating out of trashcans on the street. After a number of weeks, they couldn’t stomach it anymore; they had to do something. The two Christian women sold their real estate business, pooled their resources, and launched the Casa Vallado Children’s Home in San Luis Potosi, Mexico.
For 16 years, Casa Vallado has been caring for children who have either lost both parents or have been removed from their homes due to violence or neglect. Close to 50 children have called Casa Vallado home over the years, and Casa Vallado has also helped to care for over 40 other children in a nearby refugee camp for the last seven years.
If you were at Mosaic a few Sundays ago, you may remember us mentioning Casa Vallado and our partnership with them. After our first mission trip to San Luis Potosi, we realized God was not only connecting our hearts with Casa Vallado, but also opening up an opportunity for us to do much more. Mosaic Church has partnered with Casa Vallado since 2007 and we have had the honor and privilege of watching many of the children grow from small children into young adults.
In 2008, we launched The Vallado Project. The Vallado Project is a monthly partnership program where you can both help provide financial assistance for the home, as well as friendship with the children through our pen pal program. Through the Vallado Project, Mosaic Church funds roughly 97% of the operating expenses of Casa Vallado. This money provides housing, food, education, clothing, and medical expenses for both the children of Casa Vallado and the children living at the refugee camp. Through our connection with Casa Vallado, we also do annual mission trips where we help with maintenance projects around the homes, teach the children about the Gospel of Jesus through a VBS-type experience, and lovingly serve the house parents.
These interactions have led to a relationship with Casa Vallado and its children that feels like family. Over the years, we have celebrated Quinceanaras (15th birthday celebrations for the girls), Christmases, weddings, graduations, and little league championships with the children and house parents. We have prayed with, cried with, rejoiced with, and mourned with these amazing children, and God has used these relationships to bring many of the children to faith in Christ leaving a lasting impact on their lives. The children of Casa Vallado are as much a part of the Mosaic family as anyone, and we will continue to lovingly serve and support them as long as the need exists.
So, why am I telling you all of this? Well, it’s because I want you to know these children and be a part of their lives and stories as well. I want to invite you to join the Vallado Project team by becoming a monthly partner, a pen pal, or both. I want you to feel the same sense of joy and impact that my wife and I get to feel on a regular basis as you, too, get to know and love the Vallado children and see God open doors to remind them how loved, seen, and valued they truly are.
I want to personally thank all of you who responded to that ask a few weeks ago and have become part of the Vallado Project Team. We had 12 new people join as monthly partners, and close to $4,500 in one-time donations. Thank you so very much if you were part of that response. That is a great start, but there is more work to be done, so spread the word to your friends and family.
If you have not already joined the team and would like to be part of what we’re doing with Casa Vallado, you can get started or find out more about Casa Vallado and the Vallado Project.
If you have any questions or need help setting up your partnership, please don’t hesitate to let us know.