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2013 Document Library

The attached presentation was given during the 2013 Tijuana Ministry trip.

 Tijuana 2013 Poverty Presentation.pptx -- shorter presentation for Tijuana
 CLI-Poverty.pptx - full presentation, copyright Community Links International, 401c3.

Our proposed projects for 2013.

Also see the Scouting Trip Photos showing each project in more detail.

(1) Expansion of San Francisco Real Chapel

There are approximately 1,400 families in this area of San Francisco Real Chapel, and approx. 100-120 families worship regularly at this chapel each Sunday. There is insufficient room for them inside, so they often have to crowd outside in the heat, rain or cold. There are ~ 116 children preparing for first communion, and a strong youth group of about 15. On Wednesday, they have a charismatic assembly, Holy Hour on Thursday, mass on Saturday, and RCIA on Sunday. During the week, the chapel is used for youth group, liturgy and music practice and special community events. This building was here for 5 years. Previously, they had 1 small building which served as a chapel and is now used for catechism. They have an additional structure containing 6 small classrooms for faith formation classes.

The existing chapel is 35’ wide by 50’ long. We will be adding 34 ft to the 50 ft length, going to the east. So final chapel dimensions will be 35’ wide by 84’ long. This means that the existing caretaker house has to be moved (e.g. up above toward the old chapel/current catechism location). This work will be done by the locals prior to our arrival, so that the slab can be laid. We also discussed the potential for building an additional 12’x24’ structure which will be used for kitchen & concession sales. This would stand next to an existing 12’x12’ bathroom structure.

(2) Home for Mireya Juarez Angeles / Jose Angel Medina (+ 3 daughters, Karla( 10 yr), Nidia( 8yr) and Tania (3 years).

Mireya cannot walk and doesn’t see well following surgery to remove a brain tumor mid 2012. Although she is in remission, her left side is very weak and partially paralyzed. Her daughters take care of her while the father Jose Angel works in a local factory 6 days a week. An aunt helps a little with meals and house-cleaning. Mireya’s greatest wish is to provide safety and security for her children.  The current house is made of garage doors with a very bad roof that leaks in all the rooms.

They have ownership of the land. Their lot is 29’ x 50’ on flat, firm ground, with a septic tank, illegal electricity and no drainage. We will build our standard 16’x32’ foot house on a 24’x32 slab, plus it will have a small piece of slab from the front door going around to the cement patio on the side of the house (for washer, etc)  and a ramp at the front door for easy wheelchair access.   Handicap accommodations for the bathroom will also be needed. This home is near Terraces I location next to the open area.

(3) Roof for Marta Patricia Ibanez / Jorge Castro Quntanilla Terraces (+6 kids)

The family has been on their plot for 8 years, but they do not own the land. In fact, their property stands on a government access road to a future development/housing complex that the government will be building. Therefore, it is possible that as soon as that development starts, their house will be demolished. So we cannot build a full house for them. The floor in this house is new (paid for by the government),  but their roof is in very bad shape and leaking. There are no public services (plumbing or electricity).  Although there is a vacant plot nearby which they could purchase, they do fear that they may not be able to make the monthly payments (they earn 1,200 pesos per month), so they will not purchase it. So for now, we have agreed that we are building them a roof which is like a carport structure over the existing home. The roof structure will be 24’x22’ plus 9 beams.

(4) Home for EITHER of these two families. This project has not been decided yet.

Guadalupe Salivar (Lupita):  this is a family of 6 living in two small rooms in bad shape. However, they do not own their land. Lupita’s husband makes  800 pesos/month. Ideally, they wish to buy the plot of land nearby and have us build on it. Total price of the land (8 x 20 meters) is ~ 130,000 pesos ($10,000). They do not have the down payment.  San Eugenio Parish is considering a way to help them with the down payment.  They also need to determine whether the family can make the mortgage payments long term.  

Budget figures obtained.

The down payment is ~ 10,000 pesos ($1,000). Property taxes = 390 pesos ($30) per year, if you already own it. If you are still making payments, the property taxes are higher. Utility fees are usually ~ 2,600 pesos ($200) dollars to install water meter, then pay 64 pesos ($5) monthly (for both water and sewer). Power costs 1,500 pesos ($115) to hookup, then 100 pesos ($8) monthly. Usual rent prices are approximately 800 – 1,500 pesos ($61-$115) monthly, excluding utilities. When buyers make a down payment on a house, they receive the bill of sale. Once it is all paid off, they receive the deed (carta).

House at 9129 Durazno Oeste owned by a woman (Adelaida Saldana Estrada) taking care of two adults with mental disabilities (her son and her sister).

The problem here is that we spoke only to the elder sister with mental disabilities and did not speak to the owner, because she was away at work. She has been on the parish build list already for a few years, and other groups have looked at the lot but decided that they cannot build. We have also stopped by this property during our 2012 scouting trip but back then we could not enter the home due to security reasons. However, we saw their house this year and it is a good flat piece of land with easy access. One existing structure toward the left-front of the property is made of brick and could be left standing, while other structures on the property are in bad shape with leaks and we would tear them down to build our standard 16’ x 32’ home toward the back of the lot. We would also need to remove the front cement ‘overhang’ for safety and to move the electrical wire that runs through the bathroom.  The family have lived and owned the land for 15 yrs. They came from Guadalajara to Tijuana for work.  The Owner is Adelaida Saldana Estrada (~ 60 yrs old).   She works in a factory earning approxiately 700 pesos per week.  Her son is Gabriel Saldana Estrada (~ 24 yrs old),  who works as a cleaner, earning approximately 500 pesos/week.  The Sister isMaria de la Paz Saldana (approx.. late 30s) and she is unable to work.

(5) Shade structure in Terraces II.   This is a potential project and has yet to be finalized. 

We have been using Terraces II as our home site area for the past 9 years.  We run the Mothers’ and Children’s Programs here in July when it is very hot outside. There is currently no shade structure here, so we usually bring our own shade pop-ups which are heavy and cumbersome to bring down, put up and take down. Chris, Jesse and the build leads want to explore building a more permanent shade system/structure, which would consist of cemented beams  and wires surrounding the outside patio area. Tarps or shade covering could then be attached to this structure in the spring/summer-time but removed in fall/winter due to wind and rain conditions.  See the compound from the top in 360 degrees:  We need to assure the community agrees with the build concept for this project, hence it has not yet been finalized.


TitleResponsibilities / DutiesCurrent Leader
Construction Coordinator
  • Coordinates all aspects of the construction part of the program
  • Prepares lists of materials and tools
  • Procures building materials and tools
  • Arranges transportation of build materials/ tools
  • Arranges pre-build events
  • Appoints construction site leads
  • Ensures construction safety
Bobby Dartez
Job Site Coordinator / Chief Liaison
  • Liaison with all build sites & local build crews
  • Coordinate delivery of materials and extra purchases
  • Liaison with people at the Home Site
  • Liaison with local coordinator at San Eugenio parish throughout the year
  • Serve as primary translator
Jesse Perez
Mother's Program Coordinator
  • Coordinates all aspects of the Mother’s Outreach Program
  • Procures required materials
  • Prepares crafts/ activities
  • Maintains budget for Mother’s Program
  • Ensures daily program preparation and clean-up
  • Knowledge of Spanish required
Kathy Fanger
Children's Program Coordinator
  • Coordinates all aspects of the Children’s Outreach Program
  • Procures required materials
  • Prepares crafts/ activities
  • Maintains budget for Children’s Program
  • Ensures daily program preparation and clean-up
  • Knowledge of Spanish preferred
Teen Program Coordinator
  • Coordinates all aspects of the Teen Outreach Program
  • Procures required materials
  • Prepares crafts/ activities
  • Maintains budget for Teen Program
  • Knowledge of Spanish required
Will see if local teens can lead, with supplies, event input from Val (from St Simon’s)
Kitchen Coordinator
  • Coordinates meals (breakfasts and lunches prepared by members of cooking team. Dinners prepared by Mexican locals but coordinated by us)
  • Procures all kitchen-related and home-site related supplies (pots, pans, containers, water jugs, coolers, cleaning supplies, etc.)
  • Procures all food and beverages
Joan Mibach
First Aid Coordinator
  • Coordinates volunteer First Aiders
  • Stocks first aid kits
  • Serves as first aid point person
potentially Sue Marrion (Joan will ask)
Site Coordinator
  • Provides oversight, liaison and assistance to the other site-based coordinators: First Aid/ Security Coordinator, keys, Kitchen, Mother’s, Children’s, Teen
  • Helps coordinate/oversee facility cleaning
Kathy Fanger
Event Coordinator
  • Coordinates, prepares, arranges Tijuana-based field trips (e.g. Case Migrante, Border Wall, etc.)
  • Plans, prepares Evening Reflections (in Tijuana)
  • Plans pre-trip educational programs (related to issues of poverty, immigration reform, social justice, etc.)
  • Serves as “spiritual director” for group
Stan Taylor & Brian Fanger

Fundraising Coordinator

  • Schedules & coordinates fundraisers
  • Recruits volunteers to staff fundraisers
  • Ensures fundraisers are adequately staffed
  • Creates and disseminates fundraiser advertising materials
  • Facilities individual fundraising efforts by trip participants
  • Sends “Donation Thank-You” letters

(Bobby - flea market
Joanna - carwash)
Recruitment and Outreach Coordinator
  • Schedules recruitment weekends at parishes
  • Coordinates volunteers to staff outreach events
  • Contacts prospective volunteers to answer questions
  • Liaisons between parishes and diocese
  • LIaisons with program leads from each parish
Bob Malone
Registration Coordinator
  • Ensures that all trip participants have met and completed all requirements for travel, including all paperwork, fingerprint and passport requirements
  • Keeps and maintains binders of required paperwork
  • Ensures trip payments have been made
  • Purchases car travel insurance for all parishes
  • Prepares travel binders
  • prepares transportation plan
  • (this person does not need to travel)
Darcy - from St Simon’s

Joan can help with transportation plan
Publicity Coordinator
  • Maintains website (year-round)
  • Maintains social media presence: Twitter and Facebook (year-round and during trip)
  • Maintains TJ Calendar
  • Maintains Application Forms
  • Maintains distribution lists
  • Sends mass communications
  • Prepares brochures
  • Prepares, maintains marketing collateral
Joanna Thurmann
  • Receives receipts and processes reimbursements
  • Collects/oversees all individual travel fees
  • Oversees fundraising donations
  • Works with parish finance council on accounting
  • Sends donation tax letters
Francesca Paist


Please go to the application page: 2013 Registration for St Julie's Tijuana Ministry Trip

The documents above pertain to volunteers travelling on the 2013 Tijuana Ministry program.


must be completed by ALL participants

must be completed by ALL participants

must be completed by parents of participants under 18 years old

must be signed by particants under 18 years old and their parent/guardian

For safety reasons due to traveling with minors, fingerprinting must be done by all trip participants. Please read the attached instructions and fill out the form appropriate for your parish. Please schedule this in advance as it takes time to complete.

For questions and information, feel free to contact Enrique Flores (Director, Office for the Protection of Children & Vulnerable Adults at the Diocese of San Jose) at email:, Phone: (408) 983-0113.

Shield the Vulnerable Training from the Diocese of San JoseAll trip participants must complete the required Shield the Vulnerable training required by the Diocese of San Jose. This is a 90-minute online training course entitled 'Recognizing and Reporting Child Abuse' . See instructions in the provided link. 

must be filled out by all drivers (those participants who plan to take their cars on the trip). Drivers must be 25 or older if they are driving someone other than their own family.

 Suggested list of items to take to Tijuana by all participants


The dates for the 2013 trip to Tijuana, Mexico are July 13 - 20, 2013.

We're excited that you are considering to join us. Please familiarize yourself with the following links to help you understand better where we go, where we stay and how to apply for the trip.

General Information
Trip Orientation Docs
Leadership Docs