When San Miguel de Allende resident Donna Quathamer asked her maid 14 years ago what would be the biggest benefit for helping her stay independent and support herself as a single mother, she told Donna that a daycare center for her preschool children would prove the biggest benefit, allowing her to work during the day.
So Donna went out and started one! That daycare center is now called Casa de los Angeles.
Their mission is simply stated: Casa de los Angeles is a community of caring people who gather to nurture children, serving the needs of the less fortunate, treating each person with dignity and respect as they work to make a better life for themselves and the community as a whole.
Donna, working side-by-side with Director Miguel Hernández Chávez, currently care for 96 children daily while their mothers work (these are three of their angels pictured here!). As Miguel and Donna explain, when visiting the families of children seeking assistance, they are often surprised at the living conditions of many families, from no kitchen facilities to an equal lack of running water. In some instances, the children’s primary meals–which include breakfast and lunch–are eaten at Casa de los Angeles, and the children return home nightly squeaky clean as they enjoy the luxury or running warm water.
Over the years, the center has enjoyed staffing assistance from over 1,500 volunteers visiting from over 30 different countries and filmmaker Alex Palma has documented this caring community in his film here. The documentary enjoyed an airing days ago at the Chicago International Social Change Festival, and can be purchased as a fundraiser for the kids.
Casa de los Angeles also raises funds for their cause by constructing a market-rate residence with volunteer labor, the profits from which are then returned to the nonprofit. Coldwell Banker SMART and Your Dream Team of Greg & Ivy are proud to support that cause by helping sell that home, which is listed here. Seeking a new home? Ask us how we can show you this wonderful all-green, recycled home!
And to learn more about how you can help Casa de los Angeles, see their web site here!