The AIC-Mexico volunteers have adapted their services to be able to continue supporting the most disadvantaged people during the COVID-19 pandemic. Certain centers had close, but the volunteers still wanted to help those living in poverty, so they started organizing food distribution for people who are homeless or have lost their jobs, families of detainees, and those living on the outskirts of cities, who are the most affected by the crisis.
Other AIC centers that care for people who have nowhere else to go have remained open and the volunteers continue working hard, as the need is great and resources are scarce. The National Board has provided support to 7 centers in financial difficulty, including two nursing homes (a mixed one for people with no family members and another for women); 2 daycare centers that look after children from families with very limited resources; a shelter for girls and teenage mothers who have experienced abuse and 2 other centers that support the community with different services.
AIC Retirement Home in San Luis Potosí
The elderly residents of the AIC retirement home in San Luis Potosi continue to be cared for. The staff are following strict hygiene measures and their efforts have been recognized by the authorities. Local businesses and the local community have donated food and cleaning supplies. All this means that activities for the residents such as games, storytelling and baking can still be organized in safe conditions, putting a smile on everyone’s faces!
The AIC volunteers who have to stay at home because of their age are praying for those who are going out to serve and for everyone affected by the COVID-19 crisis.