Stories written by Shelley Callahan

Childcare for Working Parents

In Monterrey, children need a safe place to go when their parents work late

After a little more than a week in Mexico, the time has come for Luis and I to visit our last affiliated site before returning home to the United States. Hogar Santa Maria is located just across the river from the city center of Guadalajara where you will find high rise hotels and a bustling main street. The contrast is stark as we drive from our hotel to the neighborhood where Santa Maria is located […]

Growing Up at La Luz

For children of incarcerated parents, support is needed for the long-term

Only four days into our trip to Mexico, our Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet, and myself are already in our third city, Guadalajara.  After visiting our affiliated sites in both Mexico City and San Miguel de Allende, I am excited to also return to the La Luz Home in Guadalajara after six years. I have fond memories of meeting the children and getting to hear about this truly incredible site and the abundance of […]

Keeping Siblings Together in San Miguel de Allende

Once just a home for girls, Hogar Santa Julia is expanding its programs

After our visit to Casa Hogar Santa Inés in Mexico City, Children Incorporated Director of International Programs, Luis Bourdet and I were off to San Miguel de Allende to meet with Sister Isabel, our volunteer coordinator at Hogar Santa Julia. Remembering Santa Julia I had fond memories of Santa Julia from my visit six years prior – the beautiful grounds of the home, with its well-maintained gardens and bright colorful murals, stood out to me […]

Starting Back Better at Casa Hogar Santa Inés

After six years since our last visit, big changes are happening in Mexico City

It has been roughly two and half years since we have been able to visit our affiliated sites, and I personally couldn’t wait to have the opportunity to travel to Mexico again. It finally happened in mid-May, and the trip exceeded all of my expectations. Without a doubt, our volunteer coordinators have had a tough time through the pandemic. Whether in the United States or abroad, school closures made accessing the children in our sponsorship […]

Much Appreciation for Our Support in Boyd County, Kentucky

Jenny at Catlettsburg Elementary School reflects on this past school year

As a part of our work with our affiliated sites in the United States, our volunteer coordinators write letters to talk about their resource center programs and how our sponsors are changing the lives of children at their schools. Today, we hear from Jenny at Catlettsburg Elementary School in Kentucky, who is incredibly grateful to have partners just like Children Incorporated and knows first-hand how our work helps change the lives of children in need. […]

Sending Thank-Yous From North Carolina

Our volunteer coordinator at Alleghany High School sends a message of gratitude

Twice a year, our volunteer coordinators in the United States send us reports about how our sponsorship program is working at their schools, which often times comes as poignant and emotional thank you letters directed to our sponsors for all they do. Today, we want to share with you a note from Anne Marie at Alleghany High School about how important our program is for her kids in the rural part of North Carolina where […]