Guadalupe Learning Lab Grand Opening

We had a great grand opening this Saturday May 10 at the Guadalupe Learning Lab.  About 80 people stopped by to check out the lab, hear from the kids, enjoy the hotdogs and the music.  Many new kids expressed interest in coming and som e of the parents are interested in helping out.  We collected about 50 asset surveys from the parents and children.  We thank everyone who came, including a number of our faithful sponsors and partners.  God was there!

Next Saturday – we host a Bot Scout Jamboree in the Mercado as we seek to get community support behind launching a Guadalupe Scout troop.   We will see what happens.

Meanwhile, check out the pictures below:


Help support the Guadalupe Learning Lab in the Wed April 9 Arizona Gives Day

All – reminder that AZNT is participating with the Wed April 9 Arizona Gives Day. We are raising money to support the Guadalupe Learning Lab. Please check it out below and share with your friends. We have about 75 children and their families using the lab.  With your support and the continues support of the community, we can continue the lab and grows its impact.  Please come walk with us in Guadalupe!
Also, every dollar you give will be matched!  So every dollar you give actually will become two!  We have matching donors that are helping double your impact.
See below link for more details and to donate:

Guadalupe Learning Lab – grows!

The Lab here continues to grow.  Check out the pictures – all the work to clean, paint and equip the Guadalupe Learning Lab was done by the community members.  Next week we open Monday – Friday at 1 pm instead of 3 pm so we can start working with pre-schoolers.  Because the parents are interested in helping their children have a better education.

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Views of the lab

Guadalupe tutoring moves up a notch!

Since we are now renting space in the Mercado in Guadalupe (with the helping hands of our Guadalupe business and community neighbors), we opened the doors to the public.  We are open 3-7 Monday – Friday  (aspen to 8 pm on Mondays).  We opened our doors on Martin Luther King day and have been busy most afternoon since.  The work is appreciated in the community and we appreciate the community.   They cleaned the room, painted it and fully equipped it (after shopping at countless numbers of thrift stores).    It is fantastic to see what happens when the community loves their kids like this.

Come down and check it out!  Meanwhile check out the images below


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We are in Guadalupe!


Tutoring and reading program in Guadalupe is up and running.  Over 50 kids age 5-18.  However, even better is we just rented space in the Mercado!  We now have a place for our reading and tutoring programs as well as to meet more people in the community and expand.  Even better, many people in Guadalupe including some business are chipping in to help cover the rent.  The people in Guadalupe are providing half the rent.    Five $ or ten $ a week or a month.  Whatever they can do. Because they believe in it and their community.  That is community development.

April painting in Guadalupe

Spring, and God, showed in Guadalupe, Arizona.  Again.  I like to write about Guadalupe because I like Guadalupe.  I do ABCD coaching work in a number of places around Phoenix Arizona but Guadalupe is where I feel the most at home.  I have worked with my friends in Guadalupe for many years and it is always a real joy to see God there.


This time God showed up at our first big community painting in Guadalupe.   We joined forces with another community we work with in South Phoenix, Barrio Nuevo.  The leader there, David Bennett, has house painting down to a science, having done about 60 houses in the last five years.  He brought over some of his friends from south Phoenix and some of his friends from outside the community.  Out little community of folks from Guadalupe doing basketball and tutoring joined them, along with some of our friends from outside the Guadalupe community.  Altogether, we have about 80 people, with about 30-35 of them from Guadalupe.


We painted two houses – Francis’s house and Linda’s house.  It only took the morning, starting at 8:30 and finishing about 11:30.  And in that three hours wonderful things happened.  People met people and worked with them to make the community a little better.  People smiled.  People got to know a little bit more about each other.  People shared work, paint, food, water and fun.  Relationships grew.   God was there.


This was another great step, on a number of levels.  We were able to do a joint activity between a couple of our neighborhoods and the people who live and relate in them.  It was the first time we reached out into the Guadalupe community to do some painting as chosen by the community and with the support of the community.  And we combined many different people, from many different places to do the painting.   It was fantastic.


In May, we are planning another such event.  This time, we will paint in South Phoenix, Guadalupe and Central Phoenix.  We will add in another community and another 100 people.  And we will see what God does.