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To all the wonderful volunteers and Esperanza supporters,
We had a wonderful Summer and are off to a great Fall! Groups came streaming through from June to August and made a world of difference for so many families. Not only do we continue to build numerous homes, but also building and strengthening friendships, families, communities, partnerships. I must tell all of you that you really touch the hearts of the families. After groups leave, the next time we’re in the community, the families will ask, “How’s so-and-so? Have you heard from X group? They were so nice/funny/strong.” You may only be in Tijuana physically for a week, but know that the passion, energy, and love you bring stays with the staff and families and we really miss you! I had the opportunity to visit the new communities in Oaxaca and participate in the work there in early October. In some ways, it’s completely different than Tijuana, but in others it’s the same. If you’ve seen the pictures from the first group that went down, the landscape is absolutely gorgeous. There are lots of families that are eagerly waiting for their homes and continuing day after day in the building process. I would highly recommend groups start planning trips to Oaxaca as well to get to know another part of Mexico and meet all the wonderful families there! A few weeks ago, I ended my career as a long-term volunteer with Esperanza and am now figuring out what to do with the rest of my life! I just want to say thank you to all the volunteers who I had the privilege to meet during my 8 months in Tijuana. The experience would not have been the same without you and I thank you for all that you taught me, the laughs we shared together, and the inspiration you gave me. Please stay in touch and I hope our paths will cross again!!