Michael, a high school student, was leading two weeks of service trips at Bethlehem Farm. A project that was assigned to him was to help build an extension for a man named Everett. Everett was not a very social person, but by the second week, Michael and Everett had formed an unlikely friendship that Jake was able to witness while he was doing service there.
To hear the story listen to NPO 009, where Jake Teitgen goes into more depth on this beautiful friendship!
In Episode 5, Sharon told the story of "Javier," one of the pequenos who basically grew up through NPH. When Sharon met him, he was one of the leaders of the orphanage in Guatemala. He is now studying to be an architect! "Javier" helped design and oversee the construction of this beautiful church that is now in use at NPH. What an incredible full circle story!
Lourdes is a Chicago Police Officer who has gone above and beyond to help support Traffick Free's mission in the community. She hosts her own Trafficking 101 education sessions in the Pilsen neighborhood now. In addition, Lourdes has served as a volunteer at events and has even offered to roll up her sleeves and help clean at the drop-in center.
This story is featured in episode 004 of the Nonprofit Optimist podcast.
Jamelyn shared about her co-worker Madai who is the Nicaragua Country Director and has been involved in Global Glimpse since 2009. Madai has created pathways for others in her community to gain professional growth opportunities through Global Glimpse, whether that is in an official staff capacity or by bringing students to other people's places of business as part of their immersion experience. Madai sounds like an enthusiastic, intelligent and strategic woman who has helped build her community in Nicaragua while also helping to build the Global Glimpse programs.
This story is featured in episode 003 of the Nonprofit Optimist podcast.
Little Village community member
Anna shared a beautiful story about a woman who she met in her early years at Taller de José, when Anna still worked as a compañera. This story comes full circle when the woman with Anna becomes a member of the Community Advisory Board for Taller de José!
This story was featured on Episode 002 of the Nonprofit Optimist podcast.