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Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & Saint Innocent Orphanage Pantry Partners

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Three new boys have just joined the Project Mexico and St. Innocent Orphanage family: Armando, age 8, Carlos, age 7, and Christopher, age 6. They are already enrolled in elementary school and are adjusting to orphanage life. Please keep all the boys and staff in your prayers during this important transition time. Glory to God for all things! As we continue to collect pantry items for the Orphanage please take a minute to look over their current needs list and consider grabbing something the next time you are out and about.


It would be a blessing for us to further aid our neighbors to the south at Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage. As I am sure you can imagine when caring for 25 boys, there are many mouths to feed, clothes to wash, and bathrooms to clean!


"We all sing the praises of the loving parishes who make these donations possible and directly impact the lives of our boys!"

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage

Please help ensure more than just the survival of these boys and young men. Thank you all for your generosity and all you do in building hope for these youngsters without families.

Please contact Tim McGuire at 818-522-8290 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

A donation box will be located up stairs during coffee hour to collect items on an ongoing basis.

Please help support the boys by donating any of the items below or financially to this worthy cause!

Amazon Smaile

We have set up an Amazon Smile Wishlist to help with some shopping ideas & and they will donate 0.5% back to St Demetrios.

Project Mexico St Innocent Orphanage

Project Mexico & St Innocent Orphanage Website

All of the boys in St. Innocent Orphanage are considered orphans because they were removed from their home by social services, they ran away from home due to an abusive situation or their parents are deceased or imprisoned. St. Innocent Orphanage is not a foster care facility, so when we accept one of these special boys into our home, we do so with the knowledge that they will be with us until they are grown men.

Because of the substantial number of orphaned children in Mexico, the inadequate state and capacity of municipal and city orphanages, and the need to prioritize available resources for the care of younger children, these adolescent and teenage boys become marginalized and are left to care for themselves on the streets. If not for the existence of St. Innocent Orphanage, these boys would eventually be drawn into a violent life of drug trafficking, prostitution and other criminal activity.

A healthy and vibrant spiritual life is vital for the therapeutic and developmental needs of our boys, and is led by the Orthodox priest on staff, who lives on the orphanage property. The teachings and practices of Orthodoxy are taught and experienced daily as our boys enjoy a rich Sacramental Life. Each morning the boys begin their day with prayers, and every Sunday they participate in Divine Liturgy. We are proud that many of our boys serve in the altar, while others serve as chanters.

We seek to integrate the Orthodox faith into most aspects of the boys’ daily lives, and provide them with many examples to live out their Orthodox faith by interacting with and learning from others. In addition, as home building volunteers and clergy come to visit St. Innocent Orphanage throughout the year, our boys are blessed to witness and share so many great examples of Orthodox Christianity.

A strong academic program is our top priority at St. Innocent Orphanage. Because many of our boys come into the orphanage severely behind in school or having no education at all, we work very hard to help them catch up with their grade-level peers. Each day, many hours are spent helping our boys with their homework and re-teaching the day’s lessons. Our highly-trained educational staff prioritize not only homework completion, but subject comprehension, supplemental lessons and practical application projects.

Since the average education level completed in northern Mexico is 8th grade, we push our boys to strive for at least a high school diploma and even a college degree, if they are able and willing. A sound education will empower each boy to become a responsible, productive, self-sufficient man, able to support his own family and make a significant contribution to society. While education is no doubt a struggle for many of our boys, there is nothing they love more than going to school. All of our boys attend public schools in the communities surrounding the orphanage.


Message from Fr Gary

Fr Gary

God’s Holy Word


A great benefit of spending time at summer camp is the opportunity to disconnect from technology. Not having a phone or internet connection gets you excited to receive mail. A great joy is receiving a (good old fashioned) letter from home. The delight in holding an envelope with the familiar handwriting of a loved one is a highlight for all the staff, counselors and campers. Everyone gets electrified when they get mail (real, handwritten, stamped envelope mail).

One afternoon at St. Sophia Camp, the Director handed me a small envelope sent to me from Christie. I took it, looked at it and put it in my pocket. “You gonna read it?” He asked. I nodded, smiled and walked to the chapel to prepare for evening vespers. I placed it on the altar and put my vestments on for the service.

Vespers ended and the kids were excited to go up the hill to mail call, anticipating their own letters and packages. Prior to their leaving the chapel I shared with them the unopened envelope from my wife. I asked, “What if I just set this letter from my wife on my night stand and never opened or read it?” The responses were touching and hilarious.

One little guy said, “I think you should read it, it will make you happy!” Another jokingly said, “You might end up sleeping on the couch if you don’t.” An older teen girl said, “That’s just coldhearted, what if...

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