Families 24/7

by Patty Ramírez, Director of Treatment, and Kathryn Winn, Family Program Coordinator

In order for the biological family members of our kids to understand the concept of a cohesive family unit, we must first BECOME their family.  Because of this, we dedicate much of our efforts to MODELING healthy responses to difficult family situations.

Rosita and her mother / Rosita y su madre

Two years ago, the mother of three of our children was diagnosed with cancer.  These siblings come from a highly dysfunctional family controlled by alcohol abuse and neglect.  The news of her illness was the beginning of a long emotional and physical battle that affected everyone involved.  At La Casa, we accompanied the mother to her medical appointments, visited in her home and hospital and provided medical care through missionary doctors.  Her physical condition rapidly decreased, making her visits to La Casa infrequent.

Understanding the importance for the children to be with their mother, we decided to make weekly home visits with the kids.  We brought food, financed transportation to the hospital, prayed with the family and facilitated meaningful encounters between the children and their mother during her final weeks of life.

Rosita, Agustín and Chepe with their brother / Rosita, Agustín y Chepe con su hermano

When we received the news of her passing last Saturday morning, our entire staff was quick to respond and many came in on their day off to support the children.  Early Sunday morning, five members of our staff accompanied the kids on the two hour journey to the rural community where the funeral and burial services were to be held.  In La Casa de mi Padre, we understand that being a family is a 24 hours a day, seven days a week commitment.  It is our calling and our highest privilege showing the love of Christ to those who have never known it.

Familias 24/7

Por Patty Ramírez, Directora de Tratamiento, y Kathryn Winn, Coordinadora del Programa Familiar

Agustín and his mother / Agustín y su madre

Para que los familiares biológicos de nuestros niños comprendan el concepto de unidad familiar, debemos convertirnos nosotros primero en SU familia. Por esta razón, dedicamos muchos de nuestros esfuerzos en MODELARLES como responder saludablemente durante las situaciones familiares difíciles.

Hace dos años, la mama de tres de nuestros niños fue diagnosticada con cáncer. Estos hermanitos provienen de una familia muy disfuncional, controlada por el abuso de alcohol y la negligencia. La noticia de su enfermedad fue el comienzo de una batalla física y emocional muy larga que afectó  a todos los que estábamos involucrados. En La Casa, acompañamos a la mama a sus citas médicas, le visitamos en su casa y en el hospital y pudimos proveer asistencia médica a través de doctores misioneros. Su condición física decayó rápidamente dando como resultado que sus visitas a La Casa fueran menos frecuentes. Comprendiendo la importancia de que nuestros niños estuvieran con su madre, decidimos realizar visitas domiciliares todas las semanas. Llevamos comida, ayudamos económicamente con el transporte al hospital, oramos por la familia y facilitamos encuentros significativos entre los niños y su mama durante sus últimas semanas de vida.

The siblings with their grandfather and Gerardo, one of La Casa's house parents / Los hermanos con su abuelo y Gerardo, uno de los Padres del Hogar en La Casa

Cuando recibimos la noticia de la muerte de su madre, el sábado pasado por la mañana, todo nuestro staff fue pronto en responder y muchos vinieron aun en su día libre para apoyar a los niños. El domingo temprano por la mañana, cinco miembros de nuestro staff acompañaron a los niños en un viaje de dos horas hacia la comunidad rural en donde el funeral y el entierro se iban a realizar. En La Casa de Mi Padre comprendemos que ser una familia es un compromiso de 24 horas al día y 7 días a la semana. Es nuestro llamado y más grande privilegio el poder mostrar el amor de Cristo a aquellos que aun no le han conocido.

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2 thoughts on “Families 24/7

  1. This is a potent update. What hallowed ground the Lord has asked you to walk on. This update reminds prompts me to pray in new ways for you guys. I love you dearly!

  2. Rosita and her brother were new to La Casa when I was last there, the slip&slide adventure. I remember how much Rosita loved it and her brother was collecting oranges. I think the one thing that you see with the kids is their sense of family, how they watch out for each other, how they hug each other and the closeness with the tias and tios. But, further to that La Casa’s inclusion of the biological family in the lives of the kids, caring for the biological families provides a wonderful model for these kids and keeps them whole. The whole staff of La Casa works 24/7 for the kids, for the kid’s best interests.

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