This year has been a big year for getting things rolling on our 2nd campus of GiveHope2Kids.
At our new Roma Campus we initially bought 20 acres. Then we went through a period of dreaming, seeing big things for the future: Could we expand into a hospitality trade school? A counseling center? Along with what other possibilities? While we're not sure exactly how God will have us walk through these new doors, we realized that more land was the right idea. So now we own just over 50 acres. We're currently developing our infrastructure (think power, water, and roads), planting fruit orchards, and constructing homes for kids. We're also remodeling a house for the Furrow Family that will also help us host groups for the next couple of years.
Along with the two staff families already living at the Roma Campus, this winter we'll be revving up our Transition Home to house our university students and their house-parents. Actually, it's important to insert a note here: We are so very thrilled to have Earl & Sharon Washburn joining our team as house-parents to our young adults! The Washburns launched and administrated the high school Instituto El Rey for many years and have long been our mentors.
Thanks to everyone who gave towards this land or it's homes, or who came and served here in 2018! We are grateful and so excited to watch things progress. It's amazing to look around here and glimpse a future of laughing, playing children, who are learning that they can belong to a family again.