Long-time parishioners Dwayne Katzer and Sandy Katzer have been involved with the mission to Anapra, Mexico for over a decade. They now direct Manos Amigas, the non-profit organization that provides vacation bible school (VBS) and scholarships each year, along with Deacon Ross Beaudoin (St. James Parish) and a team of dedicated volunteers. Over the years our parish has become more and more involved with Manos Amigas; many parishioners sponsor students’ scholarships, many have donated supplies for VBS and other needs, and some have gone to volunteer at VBS in an incredible immersion experience.
Adopt an Abuela
Manos Amigas recognizes the need to help the elderly in Anapra, Mexico with their Adopt an Abuela (grandma) program. These grandmas and grandpas do not have an income and have very few social services available to them. They rely on their families or neighbors to help care for them. Because of the poverty in Anapra, families do not have much to give. Most homes in Anapra are made of cinder blocks, which are not insulated against the desert cold. And so, through this program we provide elderly with a Christmas food basket and heat assistance during the winter.
We currently have 24 “Abuelas” in the program and 12 still need a sponsor. They are pictured below. The sponsorship fee for this year is $150. $25 per month for propane or wood for November through February and $50 for a food basket at Christmas. If you would like to adopt an “abuela,” contact Manos Amigas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 816-806-9760.