Stories

Welcoming Hands

As a first grader walking into Kids Club for the first time, I can imagine our program might be a little overwhelming. You ride the bus to a new place for the first time and you walk in to a community center full of kids you don’t really know. It’s loud, it’s full of energy, and there are all kinds of rhythms that you don’t yet know how to navigate. If I were a 1st grader, I wouldn’t know where to begin, and would really want someone to reach out and teach me the ropes.

 

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Como ayudar la familia local quien perdió su hijo de 3 años

Nos lamenta much comunicarles que el 23 de septiembre la familia Zuniga perdio su hijo teniendo la edad de 3 años. Nuestras sinceras pésames a la familia. Aunque la familia no es parte de Casa Chirilagua nos duele tener la perdida de una vida inocente en nuestra comunidad. Casa Chirilagua ha decidido apoyar a la familia recibiendo contribuciones para la familia Zuniga. Si desea contribuir favor hacerlo en una de las siguientes formas:

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How to Help Local Family Who Lost 3 Year Old

On the evening of Saturday, September 23, 2017, a 3-year old boy tragically lost his life when he was struck by a car on Executive Avenue in Alexandria, across the street from Casa Chirilagua. While they are not part of Casa programs, we are still grieving with the Zuniga family and want to support them in practical ways. We will receive monetary and gift card donations on behalf of this family. At this time the family is not in need of meal deliveries but appreciates greatly the thought and offer. NOTE: Casa Chirilagua will only serve as a pass-through, please know your gift is NOT TAX DEDUCTIBLE.

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Facing Your Challenges

On Marcela’s* first day of the Summer Middle School program, things were not easy. Her leader Edgar remarks how she went home and, “Told her mom I was pushing her to the limit. But she actually liked it, her mom told me, ‘He makes me do things that I never thought I could do. And I want to go back because he believes in what I can do.’” Edgar adds, “I still to this day continue seeing that girl and telling her ‘you can do it…always believe you can. You cannot surrender. You cannot quit. Because I’m not going to allow you to do that.’”

 

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