Los Alamos Church Members On Mexico Mission

More than 50 members of United Church of Los Alamos and Unitarian Universalist Church prepare to depart for Mexico Monday to build homes for the poor over their spring break vacation. Photo by Laura Erickson

On the first official day of spring break Monday, more than 50 members of the United Church of Los Alamos and the Unitarian Universalist Church saddled up for a long drive and an even longer work week.

The Mexico Mission campers, comprised of half teens and half adults headed for Puerto Penasco Mexico to build homes for the poor. The team has reached the halfway point today, building three homes this week.
Their efforts will benefit three families consisting of 13 people who have a weekly salary that ranges between $35 and $170 per week. The family members range in age from newborns to a 78-year-old grandmother.
The week consists of concrete day, framing day, roofing day, stucco day and ends with the gift of their first set of keys to their first real home. The door key presentation is done in Spanish by one of the Mexico campers and the family is told that the home is a gift and they owe nothing in return.
The team heads back Friday after the key presentations with a brief overnight stop on the floor of a Phoenix church before arriving back Saturday in Los Alamos.