NOTE OUR CANCELLATlON POLlCY: lF you must cancel, please do so a minimum of 72 hours in advance, as we prepay transportation, catering and supplies. Please do not RSVP unless you are able to make the commitment, as this takes away financial resources from the orphanage! Thank you for your understanding.
SERVICE TRIP DETAILS:
TIME: 8:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
(volunteers must stay the whole day)
***NEW MEET UP/REGISTRATION LOCATION:
Public Park area
2195 E. Mission Bay Drive
San Diego, CA 92109
We will be under the gazebo
Take I-5 to Mission Bay Dr/Clairemont Dr Exit
Go West/Left towards the bay
Make a Left/South at the stop sign onto E. Mission Bay Dr.
Make a right into the 2nd parking lot
$40 per person (Students -$25; Children under 12 - $10). This travel fee covers secured parking at the border (for carpool drivers' cars), taxi/van transportation from border to orphanage, lunch for all volunteers AND for the orphans, crafts/activities, misc. supplies.
We accept cash/check payment at registration, or payment can be made with a credit card via online at http://www.unity4orphans.com/
(Click Give and One Time Donation/Tijuana).
$25 of this travel fee is tax deductible, as allowed by law.
THIS TRIP'S REQUESTED DONATIONS:
For this week's trip, the items that we are requesting for the children WlLL BE ANNOUNCED!!
****Please DO NOT bring candy, treats or toys to hand out separately to the children. These items must be coordinated through the Volunteer Director or Activities Leaders prior to the travel date. Any treats or toys not pre-arranged will be pulled aside and left with the Orphanage Director for her to give out at a later time. Volunteers are encouraged to sponsor or provide the treat for the day, but must be arranged at least 7-10 days before the trip, and are subject to approval of U40.
REQUIRED TRAVEL DOCUMENTS:
Passport and/or Driver's License with a Birth Certificate.
(While passports are encouraged, they are not absolutely necessary, as long as you bring a picture ID with your birth certificate.)
We highly suggest the following for a great day-
* Eat a Hearty Breakfast
* Bring Water Bottle
* Bring Small Snacks (as lunch can sometimes be served later than planned based on variables). Note: If anyone has any dietary restrictions, please also bring your own sack lunch
* Wear Modest & Comfortable Clothing & Shoes AND dress for the weather
* Have a Flexible and Patient Attitude
* Remember: We are there to serve, so come with kind, forgiving, willing and open hearts
* Connect with a child or two, Give them one-on-one attention through different activities, and be aware, the kids do not speak English but still love the interaction, hugs and play with our group
***ATTENTION: 1st TIME VOLUNTEERS-
Please message or email Dawn Stapleford ([email protected]com) to receive a Trip Confirmation letter and the Volunteer Participant Registration Forms that must be printed, filled out and brought with you on the morning of the trip. Once these are on file with us, you do not have to fill them out again.
FOR SOUTH BAY RESIDENTS WHO WANT TO MEET AT OTAY BORDER PARKING LOT -
This option is NOT available to first time participants.
ONLY Previous/Returning Volunteers, who have already gone through the registration process, have all paperwork turned in, and are familiar with the parking lot where we leave cars in Otay are eligible for this option.
* Arrangements for all South Bay "meet-ups" may be made by WRITTEN REQUEST by sending an email to [email protected]om at least 24 hours in advance.
* Travel Fee Pre-payment must be made online.
* Note: South Bay pick-ups are responsible for their own parking arrangements. Either park on street, or you must pay your own parking fees of $9 per car -- unless you have 3 or more volunteers in your group (then parking fees will be covered.)
INFORMATION ABOUT OTHER DONATIONS:
Each trip has a featured or requested donation item, as asked for by the Orphanage Director. It is listed above. However, we also always accept non-perishable food, diapers, cleaning supplies, and toiletry items. Sports equipment (used or new), blankets, first aid items, toiletries/hygiene items, and socks are also always appreciated.
Reminder - No candy or treats are allowed without prior approval from U40.
Due to Mexican laws, we DO NOT ACCEPT:
* Used clothing, shoes, and toys.
* There are a few exceptions, however, if arrangements are made in advance. We will accept gently used children's jeans, jackets and sports equipment.
* Many people also ask about books: We can accept books if they are written in Spanish, and children's books in English if they are "learn to read" style kindergarten/first grade level books (as these can be used to teach English).
--Larger donations for the home, or Adopt-A-Projects can be also be arranged upon request.
Contact us for a complete list of the current project needs at the orphanage; Many which are great for local church groups, businesses and families to adopt.
Trip Cancellation Policy:
Please notify us at least 72 hours in advance if you need to cancel for any reason. We pre-arrange all transportation and catering costs (which is a per person charge), and our activities and treats for the kids are based on how many people are coming and contributing. Also, often our trips have waiting lists, and we can fill your spot with another dedicated volunteers.
If you have to cancel less than 72 hours in advance, we request that you make a donation for the travel fee amount to cover the loss we incur on your transportation and lunch. Fincancial losses negatively affect our ability to help cover monthly water and rent expenses at the orphanage.
ABOUT THE ORPHANAGE:
La Tribu de Jesus Orphanage (Jesus Tribe) is located in La Gloria, east of Rosarito; 15 miles south of Otay Mesa Border. Approximately 75-80 children and young adults are currently being cared for there, ranging from 2 months - 19 years old. There are two homes on the property. The "White House" (main house) is where all girls and small children live, and the "Rancho House" is where the older boys reside. Jesus Tribe is run by Edith Palomino and a small staff of non-paid volunteers, who in return for their service, are also provided shelter for themselves and their own children. While Edith manages the entire orphan home, the teen boys' home is overseen by Benito, who serves as their live-in caretaker and cook.
Special Note: The conditions at this orphanage are very primitive with intermittent running and drinking water, poor plumbing issues, dirt grounds, lack of reliable transportation, low food supplies, with very few resources etc. They are in a highly vulnerable situation, and receive no government help or aid, and little support from other U.S. churches or groups. Much of their support comes from the U40 Community, so our consistent giving and visits are necessary for the welfare of these children.