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Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas Children’s Home

Although foster care is gaining momentum in Mexico, orphanages still dominate by a long shot.

There are over 700 orphanages — some public, some private — that house over 30,000 children in Mexico. It’s estimated that 400,000 Mexican children are without parents, and 100,000 of these children are homeless. Needless to say, improved housing solutions are needed for orphaned children in Mexico.

Casa Hogar strives to offer a special safe and happy children’s home set in a camp-like environment providing physical and emotional care.

In addition to caring for the boys and girls they prepare them for adoption or to be reunited with their families. Boys and girls still with Casa Hogar after completing high school are provided with future options of advanced education, employment or transitional housing.

The children attend a combination of public, private and special education schools combined with some in-house tutoring.

Casa Hogar receives no government assistance and relies on private donations and funding. JDFF has had the privilege of partnering with Casa Hogar and providing financial support, along with many other great organizations.

There are great things happening at Casa Hogar de Cabo San Lucas! See below for news from their latest newsletter:

Netflix’s Blue Miracle

Netflix has picked up Dennis Quaid’s new movie Blue Miracle loosely based on a 2014 Casa Hogar story.  No spoilers here – we still haven’t seen it!  We won’t have to wait for long as Blue Miracle premieres May 27th. 

Watch the Preview on YouTube Here

 

Casa Hogar’s annual video

Casa Hogar’s annual video is now available for your viewing pleasure!  Featuring Marlon, Citlaly and Ian this year’s video is a tear-jerker.  Looking for some quality time with your spouse or family?  Why not enjoy a glass a wine while watching our 8-minute masterpiece. 

 

You can also find the video on: www.casahogarcabo.com

 

Great Visits!

We’ve had some fantastic group visits this year from several sources including families and businesses.  To mention a few, the Legendary group did some heavy-duty volunteer work tackling a rock wall project and washing windows while Tendencia Magazine staff coordinated creative arts with our residents.  Our friends at Associa Mexico put on another fantastic event with Easter games and activities.   

Our kids have also had an opportunity to enjoy some great outings to the clear blue waters of the Sea of Cortez, beaches, parks, Sancho’s restaurant and the swimming pool of the Hard Rock Hotel.  Thank you to those involved in coordinating these special visits and opportunities.  

First Communion

It’s commonplace for Juan Pablo, the first resident of our shipping container Transition Housing, to come up with ambitious plans and ideas.  He lacks the know how to follow through but you could say, he’s a gifted recruiter.  Juan Pablo had his mind set on taking part in the First Communion of the Catholic Church.   Pegged as the Godfather, I had my work cut out for me.  After calling in a few favors we had a date, location and Priest confirmed.  A few additional steps for flowers, lunch, cake, invitations and décor and we were ready! 

What a beautiful and edifying experiencing for our Casa Hogar kids, staff and special guests.  The cheers and congratulations from our little ones were particularly heart-warming.  😊 …one of these days Juan Pablo will want to get married.  We won’t be ready, but we’ll figure it out. 

More Family Reintegration

It’s tough to say goodbye to our kids but when a safe, healthy family reintegration situation becomes available we count it as a miracle.  Six-years to the day, Zoren our longest-duration resident was reintegrated with his mother.  Now three-months in – they are doing great.  We are thankful to have kept in touch with Zoren’s mother over the years.  Last summer we flew her in to be evaluated by the Municipal authorities and she passed with flying colors.  We maintain regular contact with Zoren.  They have adjusted well to their new routines and we are so very proud of them! 

Two other long-term residents, Gabriel and Chuy were placed in the care of their fabulous aunt and uncle.   This was a slow process with multiple stays gradually increasing in length.  The brothers were with us over five-years.  Through this placement with their aunt they have also met other family members including their grandfather who remembers the boys from their early years.  This is a dream come true for these two tough lads.   

How You Can Help Right Now

Financially it’s a challenging year for Casa Hogar.  We currently have 45% of our annual budget in place which is a fantastic start but there is much work to be done. 

Formal grants from Los Cabos Children’s Foundation, Dibujando Un Mañana, Herbalife Nutrition Foundation and the Jonathan D. Fisher Foundation have been instrumental in providing sustainability in a very different year for fund raising.  Several families have also made contributions to ensure essential needs are covered.  Please help us within your means to make a lasting impact in the lives of our girls, boys and teens.  

Donating to Casa Hogar has never been easier.  With Giving Fuel you can make a US-tax deductible contribution using your credit card.   For alternative ways to donate visit www.casahogarcabo.com

Tips and Tricks for Designing the Perfect Closet

I love designing a space that is both beautiful and functional. I’d love to share some of my designs with you! I hope you are inspired, and it brings about creativity as you think about your next design project.

Have you considered redesigning your closet? Or have you recently purchased a house that needs a closet overhaul?

I have done extensive research and designed quite a few closets over the years and have a few tricks up my sleeve that I’d love to share with you.

Do you need space for shoes? There are many other options besides throwing your shoes in a big box or stacking them on the floor in your closet. A shoe shelf brings me so much joy. I can see all my shoes laid out nicely and can organize them by type! Whenever I am designing a closet, I never opt for angled shoe shelves. They may look nice, but if you are anything like me, you have a lot of shoes and need to maximize space. Angled shoe shelves take up more space, and I’ve learned I can fit more shoes in a level shelf:

 

Another fun thing to do in your closet is to add lighting. You want to go into a well-lit closet, not a dark and dreary room. When you’re doing shelving in a closet, LED lights are great to put on the underside of the shelves.  A trick I have learned is if you cannot afford LED lighting, another great option would be to place a mirror behind all the shelves. It not only makes the space look bigger but doing this brightens up the room and the shelving very nicely.

Adjustable shelving is also a must! You don’t want to limit your options for shoe placement.  So if you decide you want to put tall boots on the bottom and flip-flops on the next row you can adjust the shelves accordingly.

If you have a few go-to purses and bags that you use consistently, making space for these will help with decision making and ensure you aren’t using the same purse over and over again. If you see them, you’ll use them.

Below, you can see the section for purses I designed in of one my closets. I was not able to do adjustable shelving because the contractor placed LED lighting horizontally. This ended up being a frustration for me in the end. As I bought larger sized-bags I could not fit them in this area. When designing a space like this, the solution would be to use vertical LED lighting with adjustable shelves. This will create a space that will allow for lighting in that area if you would like, but you can still adjust the shelves.

 

In another one of my closets, I was able to have more space for my larger purses, but unlike the picture above, I opted for no lighting. I simply placed mirror behind to give the impression of more space. It still looks bright and beautiful, and in the end was a huge money saver.

 

Here is that same area for purses close-up and the beautiful hardware on the drawers:

 

Here is that full side of the closet. I love the space and the organization! You can see that there is no shelve lighting but the mirrors in the back of the closet give the appearance of more space and still brightens up the closet significantly:

 

See the holes on the sides in the picture below? There’s my adjustable shelving. It gives me so much joy! There is joy in freedom!

 

While I’m on the subject of adjustable shelving, below is another example of adjustable shelving. Our contractor told us that we could not have shelving in this space because of the shape of the room, however, I believe in the value of storage everywhere so I am very happy with how this turned out:

 

You can see these adjustable shelves are part of a beautiful white lacquer cabinet and it looks fantastic in this space:

 

If you need more space, adding a double hanger will give you twice the amount of room to hang your clothes. In the image below, you can see that I did not put LED lighting in each section of the closet as it gets very pricey. If you choose to use a double hanging option, make sure you account for those long dresses. I often find that if you get carried away with double hanging, you will find yourself with no space to accommodate those longer items.

 

Another great idea for closet rods is to buy the rod itself with lighting already installed. This is another closet where I used this trick for lighting along with a full length mirror in the back. Here is what that looks like with a full-length space for long dresses:

 

I’d love to hear your experience with designing and organizing closets. What’s your favorite thing about the closet you currently have? What is more important to you: function or aesthetics?

 

I have many rooms that I’ll share in the future, I hope this inspires you to get designing/organizing!

 

xoxo

Christine