My time at Casa Victoria was like therapy. I loved coming into the house and being able to play with, talk with, and simply be with the children. Athough I was technically there to help the children with homework, I feel I was the one who benefited. I am not sure how much the children actually learned from me, but I know I was blessed by them!
Casa Victoria is such a great example of community. Whether it is a weekly lunch with rich and
poor, or the kids programs, or even Mom’s club – Casa Victoria unites el barrio San Roque and
the city of Quito. I learned so much about making new friendships and about embracing a
community when I lived at Casa Victoria. The people are what make the place. Its a nice house,
but it all means nothing without the love and compassion that the people who support the
Foundation bring. One of my favorite single memories is the day we made gua-guas de pan
with Edwin Riofrio (El Panadero) and began a life-long friendship. Los Riofrio are the most
generous people I know, I cherish their friendship.