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We Believe in You: back to school at Safe Passage starts with words of welcome

A simple phrase can carry a powerful message—especially for students returning to Safe Passage at the start of the new school year.

Welcome back. Animo mis hijos. This is your future. Bienvenidos. Yes you can.

Caring for the Mothers of Safe Passage

"A mother is the force of love and grace that exceeds and conquers all the forces of evil."  —Josep Torras

Each morning, when the students of Safe Passage walk into their classrooms, they have already overcome numerous hardships just to achieve the simple act of crossing that threshold.

Family Nurturing

Every Saturday afternoon around 3pm, you can find the English/rhythm and movement teacher, Shannon, standing in the doorway of the Escuelita checking off names of the fifteen families (about 60 people) who have been attending the Family Nurturing program (Crianza con Cariño) since the beginning of March. As the families all happily greet “Seño Shanno,” the little ones run to the gym, the babies are swept up by eager volunteers and the mothers join their facilitators in the cafeteria space. One family even brings their dog! Once each family has come, the facilitators begin their activity, which pertains to that particular Saturday’s theme. Each person who helps support a group is a staff member, graduate, current student or a volunteer from Safe Passage; which makes it easier for the families to feel comfortable within their separate groups.

Voting for the Parents Committee

Every ‘Reunion Mensual' (Monthly Meeting) here at Safe Passage is a big day, as once a month we ask our students to stay home for the day and instead invite the parents to an afternoon full of encouragement and support. It’s one of my favorite days of the month. Volunteers and staff line the front door with drums and maracas and applaud and cheer for the parents one by one as they enter, expressing our pride and thankfulness for caring for their student’s education.

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