A group of kids from the children’s home Casa Hogar San Jose in Colima, Mexico recently visited Boston and were treated to one of the city’s top attractions. Through Kids First, and with the help of some Cultural Care Au Pair staff, the children enjoyed a Boston Duck Tour, complete with a tour of Boston and a boat ride on the Charles River on a perfect summer afternoon.
Last year, at the request of Massachusetts LCC, Ellen Adams, Cultural Care Kids First Foundation provided a Fund Their Future grant to the children of Casa Hogar San Jose. Casa Hogar San Jose is a home for children where the mission is to care for those who have been abandoned, abused, orphaned, or whose parents are too poor to care for them on a full-time basis. Casa Hogar San Jose supplies children with clothing, medical and dental treatment, education, vocational training and, most importantly, love, affection, and hope in their difficult lives.
The Kids First grant allowed the “casa” to hire a teacher for their library and computer lab to help the children with English, learning to read, research for school projects, and help with computer use. Six of the children had the opportunity to travel to Boston with their new English teacher and stay with families in Boston this summer through Casa Connection, a non-profit organization founded by First Church Somerville that supports Casa Hogar San Jose. Ellen Adams, a member of First Church, learned of the children’s arrival and contacted Kids First, excited that some of “our” kids were here in Boston.
Several Cultural Care staff members joined the children, Ellen, Ines (the children’s English teacher) and Melissa from Casa Connection for an afternoon together – getting to know each other, practicing our English and Spanish, and taking in the sights of Boston. Ellen Adams said, “This meant a lot to the kids and the teacher. They are going to have some amazing memories to take home with them. I feel like a lucky LCC to be right down the street from you to be able to do something like this. What a great way to spend the afternoon in Boston!”
“It was nice to spend time with the teens, having two at home. Similar antics and lots of fun!” — Susan