Teen Volunteers In Action

Burrito Boyz welcomed Julie and Deanna from Teen Volunteers In Action-TVIA  http://tvia.org/ this past Sunday. Both pictured here passing out burritos, shared about their group of one hundred young men in grades 7th through 12th. who are actively involved in hands-on service within their north county community. TVIA’s goals and philosophy reflect that of the Burrito Boyz. Thank you for joining us, Julie and Deanna. We look forward to seeing you again and welcoming more volunteers from TVIA.

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Welcome back to Cora, who manages to fit us into her busy schedule of school and swim team. This photo shares how much our Kidz Korner kids enjoy the books we have availabe and is a reminder that we are always in need of children books. If you are cleaning off bookshelves and come across children’s books, all levels, please don’t forget about us and the joy they would bring to our Kidz Korner.

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What a pleasure to have three generations represented at Burrito Boyz and how special for Cole, one or our orginal Burrito Boyz, to pass out burritos with his grandfather. Grandfather Richard was visiting from Texas and joined his daughter Lynn, Cole’s mom, in filling burritos and greeting the downtown community. It was a pleasure to meet you, Richard.

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Developing Young and Old

One of the focuses in BB is developing leadership skills in our young volunteers and giving them opportunities to take the reigns and lead. Here Cole, one of our original Burrito Boyz, leads the wrap-up discussion, with the youth volunteers after our second stop. This is a time with kids can share their experiences, share who they have met, and reflect on their impressions of the morning. These are warm heartfelt talks filled with smiles and inspiration.

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Lee Gormley, our oldest volunteer to date at age 93, returned this spring for a second visit to volunteer for the Burrito Boyz. She was joined by her daughter who traveled from Connecticut and her grandsome visiting from San Francisco.

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Fairy Dogmothers and Nick

Nancy and Rosemary pictured here have been dubbed the fairy dogmothers to the downtown dogs. Did you know that many members of the homeless community have dogs? The dogs provide companionship as well as protection. The Burrito Boyz distribute close to fifty pounds of dog food each Sunday. Nancy and Rosemary have taken on the responsibility of organizing Sunday volunteers in bagging indivual portions of food to be distributed downtown. They are also finding donations of dog treats. Nancy told me last week  she now has her children donating money so she can buy a variety of dog treats. In addition to dog food, we also have cat food on hand, although we see few cats on Sundays. Thank you Nancy and Rosemary!

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Burrito Boyz, Cole and Joe, are joined with Nick and JR, our newest volunteers.

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The Burrito Boyz have had the pleasure of welcoming Nick as a volunteer. Another very inpirational volunteer, Nick  is a former foster youth who is a dedicated young man, working hard to build a future for himself despite the hardships he faced in his childhood, growing up in a series of foster homes.  Nick is currently working at the Boys and Girls club and attending classes at SD City College. Thank you, Nick, for joining us!!!

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Over 3 Years and MORE Volunteers!

Alec, Luke, Justin, Joe, Nick, Julian, and Cole finish out the year (their third year) by making and distributing over 600 burritos on the last Sunday of 2013.

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The Lawrence family from South Carolina has been following the Burrito Boyz through the news and internet so they made it a priority to volunteer with the Burrito Boyz, while visiting family in Point Loma over the holidays. It was a pleasure to have you join us, Hal, Liz, Bella, and Savannah. Thank you for your service!

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Savannah Lawrence and her father Hal pass out burritos.

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Thanks to the Jim Cunningham family for joining us on Sunday.  The Cunninghams generously donated and distrubuted over 75 pairs of socks.

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Prayers for our Kids

On Sunday, July 10, Alec and Cole were the only 2 boys who were able to assist due to soccer tournament conflict with the other members of Hunger 2 Help. While the boys were delivering hot breakfast burritos and water to our street homeless, one of our friends came to me and asked me to join him in a prayer. He wanted to pray for my son and the other boys, for their happiness and their future. I am amazed that even while people are in such a bad place and time in their lives, they still think and pray for others! Thank you Robert!

You are Late!

On Sunday, May 22, while Michael & Mehrnaz were celebrating their anniversary, Tony and Rob drove the boys to distribute the breakfast burriots and water. Usually the drivers hear comments like “the burritos are still hot” or “this is the highlight of our week”, but when the delivery showed up a little before 9:00am, they were greeted with, “Hey, you’re late!”. This was said and a very funny and loving manner, but I share the story because the homeless community has really grown to appreciate and enjoy this special commitment by Alec, Luke, Nick, Cole and Joe!