Friday, November 19, 2010

A Message From Covenant House

Last Friday one of the main buildings in our shelter for homeless kids in Mexico City burned.

No one was injured, thanks to the quick and remarkable response of our staff. But the building suffered serious damage from fire, smoke and water and we won’t be able to house kids there for at least a couple of months. Forty kids lost their homes.

For the time being, our kids are staying in a house lent to us. But it's a terrible thing when homeless kids finally find safety—and then their shelter burns down and leaves them homeless a second time!

One boy was sobbing uncontrollably outside the burning shelter, and when our staff went to comfort him he explained that his home had burned down before and that’s what had left him homeless on the street.

Please help us raise the estimated $250,000 we need to rebuild this shelter for homeless street kids in Mexico City. That would be a special Thanksgiving gift for all our kids.

Covenant House Mexico, known locally as Casa Alianza, not only helps homeless kids find their way off the dangerous streets. It also gives them the skills they need for a future filled with hope. Many of the kids we help are victims of human trafficking, sexual abuse, or have addiction problems. Many are HIV positive.

Your gift will enable us to repair the fire and water damage, fix the electrical wiring, replace the furniture, and fireproof the complex to make sure this can never happen again.

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