Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Dinner as donations: Church raising funds to build homes for needy

From Arizona-

Including herself, Maria has 10 people, many of whom are children, living in her small home made of plywood and wood pallets just across the border in San Luis Rio Colorado, Son.

Also on the property, her family has a cement washboard and trough to wash and rinse laundry and a clothes line made of barbed wire, as well as an outhouse with a sunken in floor and a rickety door that often doesn’t stay closed.

To support the family, her husband works to sell plastic bottles and cans that he collects in a basket on his bicycle as he rides around the community.

“I’ve never seen anything like it, I don’t know that we have poverty like that in Canada and the U.S.,” said Rossie Smart, a winter visitor to the Yuma area for the last seven years.

Her husband Les explained that he and his wife, along with members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, have teamed up with Casitas de Cristo, a non-profit Christian ministry in Yuma through Trinity United Methodist Church, that partners with a church in Mexico to build homes for families in need in San Luis. They are currently working to build a home for Maria and her family that is expected to be finished on Saturday, Feb. 8.

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