News and Updates
March has been quite a busy month for us at Sonshine Hacienda!
In order to update our certification as a Casa Hogar, we have to meet several requirements. We completed the updates begun last month to make our first-floor wheelchair accessible. In addition, a week was spent updating and weatherproofing our electrical system. Several of our staff members have made trips to Mexicali for day and week-long classes, ranging from administrative instruction to health and sanitation in the kitchen. We’ve added new signage and installed security guards on all of our windows. We have passed all of our inspections so far, and have just one more inspection to pass before our certification is complete!
Another major project that was completed this month was the finishing of our “automotive station.” We now have a fully functional car pit to use for oil changes and other automotive work. We have water and electric access so we can wash and detail cars.
Generous donors also provided us with several sewing machines last year. Imelda, one of our administrators, is a highly trained seamstress. Between the automotive station and the sewing machines, we look forward to keeping our kids’ hands and minds busy this summer while teaching them a trade!
The month also brought us many visitors: our “padrinos” (godparents) who hosted a barbeque and afternoon of fun for us, a group of families from the local Mormon church, a group of young people originally from the Ukraine, and several couples from the United States who were in town visiting.
March also ushered in Springtime, caterpillars, and seasonal festivals, including the Blues & Arts Festival at El Dorado Ranch and the Baja 250. Our kids also had spring festivals at their schools, where they were cowboys and cowgirls, ducklings, and even a queen. In another week we’ll be hosting groups who are on their own spring breaks. There’s always something to keep us busy!