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By Kelsey Buckner Communications Intern GUATEMALA CITY – In a foreign country, teaching English to children who are uncomfortable with discipline made long-term volunteer Daniela Robles’ trip a “learning experience.” Teaching English for 10 months in Guatemala through Buckner Family Hope Centers was no vacation for Robles, who lives in ...
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By Lauren Hollon Sturdy Buckner International Graciela Vazquez will be the first member of her family to attend college. She’s excited by the prospect of living on her own and starting a new chapter of her life. Talking to her, though, you get the impression she’s being tugged in several ...
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By Russ Dilday Buckner International Almost 24 years ago, Sylvia Bolling looked around and saw a need. In fact, lots of them. The community where the public school worker was raising her two children needed help. So she quit her job, loaded her car with supplies, and founded what is ...
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By Russ Dilday Buckner International Josefina Herrero is well-spoken, professional and educated. She considers herself “a very responsible mom,” adding “sometimes maybe too much.” She hold’s a master’s degree in education from a university in Mexico. But as a recent immigrant to the United States, she also can’t find a ...
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By Russ Dilday Buckner International Sharon Kayode would do anything for her sons, Raimone and Raimi, but the best thing she could have done was push them into Aldine Family Hope Center’s Teen Program. She had to push hard at first. “The first day I brought them here, they were ...
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By Russ Dilday Buckner International Brandy Marsh is self-motivated to succeed. The McArthur High School senior loves music and friends — and business. She has completed three cycles at Aldine Family Hope Center’s business and life skills classes. But she wasn’t always so motivated. “I would describe myself before the ...
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By Russ Dilday Buckner International It’s no secret the Aldine Family Hope Center supports its community, but does the community support the center? Absolutely, said Armando Walle, Texas State Representative for House District 140, who is himself a product of the Aldine area. “I am a proud native of this ...
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By Lauren Hollon Sturdy Buckner International Leticia Tellez is a single mom, practically speaking. Her husband is in jail for an unpaid speeding ticket and without him, the family is barely making ends meet. He worked at a scrap metal place and brought in extra income on the side doing ...
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By Lauren Hollon Sturdy Buckner International Mount Pleasant Baptist Church is home to about 50 worshippers on an average Sunday in a tiny community near Monroeville, Alabama (population: 6,862). Their Sunday School attendance usually hovers in the 30s. “We’re small but we’re not small-minded,” said Becky Cornelison, church member and ...
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This summer the Family Hope Center in the Rio Grande Valley saw its first-ever mass wedding, uniting seven confident, assured, hopeful couples who had previously avoided marrying because their lives were so chaotic. “For them, the Hispanic culture is that they think, ‘We might not make it,’” said Ricardo Brambile, ...