Guadalupe – getting ready for summer 2015

2014-2015 School Year has been major in Guadalupe.   We are now in two large rooms in Guadalupe, with Miss Rose leading one tutoring group and Miss Marina leading the other.  About 50 children between the two.  We have started tracking grades for many of the kids and even with only a year worth of data we are seeing improvements.  Many of our elementary school kids are seeing grade improvements and over the 2014 summer program 4 of the 4 year olds that attended went on to early Kindergarden based on the reading they did in program.

Even more, we have been working with the families of our children to help them help themselves improve things that are important to them.  In 2014 we partnered with “Gangs to Jobs” to bring a job development program to Guadalupe to help some of our adults find work.  This continues.  Even more, we thank God for the healing G2J founder Natividad Mendoza has had as he has recovered from bleeding on the brain that prompted two surgeries.   He is doing well!

We have added a moms club led by Miss Marina were she gives parenting classes to about 9 of our family groups moms with babies.  By taking these parenting classes, they earn “Baby Bucks” they can use to buy items for the children (clothes, diapers, wipes, etc).  See the picture to left for a package of diapers.IMG_1820

Summer program starts June 8 and will run Tues – Fri 9 am to 4 pm.  In addition we will be open during the day on mondays to provide GED training for some of our adults, based on their requests.   We know have high speed internet in the lab, so we can accommodate internet based work better.

We thank everyone that has helped this year.  The people that donated all the items to fill both Miss Rose and Miss Marinas space.  The people (inside Guadalupe and outside) that gave clothes and supplies for the Moms club.

The second big room in the Guadalupe Learning Lab!

The second big room in the Guadalupe Learning Lab!

Our New Larger Guadalupe Learning Lab - fully outfitted!

Our New Larger Guadalupe Learning Lab – fully outfitted!

Our tutors like Mr Will, Mr Bud, Miss Euphemia.  Some of the WYAM friends at came to help out like the Hales, Kenneth, Eleana and Judah Orozoco, Tim and Elaine Agenbroad and Eliza!  And many, many others!  Thank you and God Bless.  Onward to summer 2015.


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Since 2010, Jeff has worked with communities in Arizona and Phoenix Valley of the Sun specifically, walking with communities and helping them positively transform their communities and come closer to the love of God. We work with communities to help them hear their story, to find their assets, to strengthen their voice and then to organize themselves to drive the transformation they want to see. We help them join with partners and collaborators that want to help them see their vision of transformation take place in order to make it real. Our vision is to continue to repeat this long term with the communities so they grow fully into the plan God has for them. Prior to this Jeff spent almost 25 years in the high tech business, working with Intel corporation in a variety of positions, culminating in being a division general manager for the last four years before God called him to do something else. In this capacity he work with semiconductor manufacturing process and equipment development, manufacturing software development management and large scale enterprise wide software development and deployment. Jeff has a Master degrees in Physics from Clarkson University, a Masters Certificate from Stanford University in Electrical Engineering and a Masters Certificate from the University of California Santa Cruz in Software Engineering. Jeff is also Evangelism Director for his church, Living Faith Anglican Church in Tempe Arizona. Further, he participates with spreading Asset Based Community Development centered, listening based, wholistic mission work worldwide as the Chief Operating Officer of Alliance for Transformational Ministry (ATM). ATM is the umbrella organization for sharing these concepts, teachings, lesson plans and philosophies to the entire world via Community Health Evangelism (CHE) and Collaboration for Neighborhood Transformation (CNT). He is director for Arizona Neighborhood Transformation, which is putting these practices to use in Arizona. Jeff is married to Cindy Frost Bisgrove and has two fantastic boys, Benjamin and Daniel. He is also shares the house with a cat, two dogs, a gecko and many fish. He loves spending time with his family and his friends. He also enjoys running, hiking, camping and climbing.

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