Gearing Up for Guatemala: Sarika

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On July 28, 2016
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This is my first trip to Guatemala with Hope’s In and I’m really looking forward to going. I heard about Hope’s In though several friends a few years ago and have attended a couple Hope’s In Style events since then.  I have been wanting to go on the trip for a while so am very excited that its just a few weeks away. I’m most looking forward to meeting the families there, working with the kids, and helping in the community. I know this is going to be a great experience and I can’t wait to go! -Sarika, Barrington High School
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Gearing up for Guatemala: Chase

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On July 26, 2016
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“I feel excited as I prepare to go on the week two trip to Guatemala, since this will be my first mission trip. I can’t wait to serve the people of Guatemala by building houses, working in medical clinics, and helping in other ways. I heard about the trip through Interact’s sponsor, Mr. Quigley, and a few of the student members that had previously participated in the trip. I decided to go on the trip for several reasons. First, I have always been interested in mission trips and going abroad to provide a helping hand for those less privileged. I have a passion for serving others as I feel it […]
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Gearing Up for Guatemala: Mitch

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On July 25, 2016
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“This is my fourth year going to Guatemala and seeing the treasures and I am more excited than ever. Each year brings new emotions, memories, and amazing experiences. I’m most looking forward to seeing old friends that I have made and impacting the lives of new treasures. The character and love from the people in the garbage dump community is probably the takeaway first timers are most touched by. It really makes the trip infinitely times better. I cannot wait to be there!” -Mitch, Freshman at University of Michigan  Hello HOPE’S IN community! As we gear up for this summer’s trips with Potters House Association, we want to share with you […]
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Week 2 Day 5, 2015

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 14, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In community, It was difficult to say goodbye to those that we love in Guatemala but we returned with a renewed passion to continue to serve and love not only the Treasures but those around us too! So let me say it now, we love this community! Thank you for pouring out your support over the past few weeks. This new season of service is going to be filled with exciting new steps, initiatives and leadership development. Please see this note as not a “see you next year” but as an invitation to continue or start getting involved with Hope’s In! The trips next year will to take […]
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Week 2 Day 4, 2015

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 13, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In community, Last year one of our volunteers Matt Coy was moved when he noticed so many small children running around the communities with no shoes. Community streets are often lined with scraps of metal, broken glass, dirt and dog waste so shoes are necessary for good health and sanitation. Feeling convicted, Matt started an initiative called Hope’s In Stride where he collected over 500 pounds of shoes to give to the Treasures. Yesterday over 40 children left soccer camp with a new soccer jersey donated by BASA, a pair of shoes collected by Matt, and a soccer ball (soccer balls and jerseys were collected by our volunteer […]
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Week 2 Day 3, 2015

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 13, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In community, Concrete day was a success! All six houses have a solid concrete floor that will protect from bacteria build up, prevent the Treasures from breathing in harmful methane gasses that come off the ground, and provide a much cleaner environment. In the afternoon we did the Prayer Walk project. All our volunteers entered into different families homes to hear their stories, listen to their challenges and dreams. We also prayed for the families and were eager to encourage everyone we met. One volunteer said started her prayer so beautifully: “Dear God, thank you for bringing us to this woman’s door.” Amongst these exciting projects we have […]
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Week 2 Day 2, 2015

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 11, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In community, The second day of week two is coming to a close. Potter’s House Association always strives to have their volunteers develop as better servants throughout the week. Today we learned about stewardship and excellence and how they relate to serving. One of our volunteers made a very insightful comment about excellence: “Excellence and perfection are often viewed as the same thing but excellence is actually just giving your personal best while perfection is a false standard we try to set for ourselves or others.” -Nicole Niro, IL Every day that we serve in the communities we are learning how to give more genuinely, build stronger relationships […]
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Week 2 Day 1, 2015

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 11, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In community, All 55 of our week 2 volunteers arrived safely and have completed an amazing first day of work! Six houses are under construction, sports and dance clinics are being hosted and our medical clinic is running! Every volunteer has a purpose for being on this trip. Some find out the first day, others will encounter their “reason” later in the week. It’s so exciting to think about how every person on the trip is going to make an impact and also be impacted. 55 lives are going to be forever altered and we are hoping that throughout the week we can share with you some stories […]
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Week 1 Day 6, 2016

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 7, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In community, Two very special Guatemalan families awoke in a beautiful new house today. Yesterday we completed the houses, distributed 300 sandwiches to one of the poorest communities, and held a medical clinic in the garbage dump. What a day it was! Friday is “pay day”. When the house is completed the whole team goes to one house at a time to have a special ceremony celebrating the family that is receiving the house. It is quite emotional as we get to know the families really well and the joy the house brings to their family and our volunteers is undeniable. Hope’s In dedication traditions include serenading the […]
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Week 1 Day 5, 2015

  • Posted by Courtney Quigley
  • On August 6, 2015
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Dear Hope’s In Community, Our fifth day was so purposeful. Between finishing House 1, learning about Potter’s House’s sponsorship program and serving the children lunches it was an all around great day. Also today was the last day of the soccer camp and all the volunteers involved with that project agreed that though it started off like a normal day at soccer camp, by the end it was such a special experience. The Treasures expressed such a deep interest in hearing about the volunteers’ lives and talking with them they didn’t even want to play soccer for longer than ten minutes. As you may know Hope’s In mission statement is […]
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