AB&I’s Carlos Gonzalez and Hands of Mercy lend a helping hand in Mexico
December 6, 2016
AB&I sponsored team member Carlos Gonzalez for a trip with the Hands of mercy organization to help a family in Mexico. Here is Carlos’ experience in his own words:
On November 4, I had the opportunity to participate in a great cause for the community. I traveled together with a wonderful group of people who belong to an organization called the Hands of Mercy. This organization helps churches build loft houses for people in great need of a place to call home. A loft house is a prefabricated shed measuring 12 ft. x 12 ft. with a lockable door, four windows, and a staircase that leads to a second story attic. The first floor can accommodate a small kitchen and a sofa and in the attic can fit two small beds. An additional room can be added later for a bathroom. Although very tiny, it can safely house and provide shelter from the elements for a family of three.
Approximately twenty people spent the weekend in a small town called Colonet situated four hours from the USA/Mexican border in Tijuana. The town has a population of just 3,200 and barely has running water and electricity. People of all ages, even children, took part in building the loft house. This year’s recipient was a couple who are struggling to make ends meet; nevertheless, to show their appreciation, they spent the little money they had to cook a wonderful steak ranchero dinner for all of us once we finished the house.
Everyone left satisfied seeing how happy and proud the couple was and grateful for having had the opportunity to help other people.