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We are a not-for-profit charity. All administrative and overhead costs are covered so 100% of all donations are directly used to help individuals in need. Our focus began on the border region of Baja California and has expanded to places of extreme poverty around the world.

Provisions ready for Distribution!

It all started over 30 years ago, when Serving Hands International’s (SHI) founders, Terrence and Barbara Caster,saw a news report of children rummaging through trash for food in Tijuana B.C. Mexico. The Casters knew they had to do something. They recruited family and friends for monetary support and donations of food, packed up their truck and traveled from San Diego to Tijuana to feed the poor. Their efforts have come a long way. Presently, SHI Partners serve over 20,000 poor families with fresh fruit, vegetables, rice, beans and other food staples on a bi-weekly basis. SHI Partners conduct site visits with the families receiving the food. “Most of the families receiving the provisions are families who migrate to Tijuana in hopes of finding a stable job to support their family. There are also many abandoned elderly and single mothers trying to make ends meet. These provisions help meet those needs.” Said Sister Milagros of Convento San Charbel. The food donations provided are made possible by our sponsor A-1 Self Storage. Thank you to A-1 Self Storage and donors like you!

Volunteers assembling provisions for families in need.

The Big Gift

On Monday, June 18, 2012 the Sister’s Samaritanas in Rosarito, Mexico each had a shocked look on their face followed by a great big smile. The sisters could not hide their joy as they received the largest portable building ever donated by Serving Hands International “SHI”. This big gift measures 60 by 60 feet. The building will be used for spiritual retreats, religious studies & community events. In the past all such activities were held outdoors, leaving attendees exposed to the elements. Many times there were interruptions of events due to unexpected storms. “I remember once,” stated Sister Galvan, “when a storm came and everyone was running to get their belongings to a dry place.” The sisters are immensely appreciative for such a big gift. Thanks to this donation from Serving Hands International the Sister Samaritanas and the community of Rosarito, Mexico will now benefit from this portable building for years to come. Such gifting was made possible thanks to the support of A-1 Self Storage and generous donors like you.

Largest Portable building donated by SHISister's Samaritanas

A Roof Over Our Heads

Think back when you were in school, what did your classroom look like? It probably had 4 walls and roof. Imagine having to study in a classroom with no roof. The 2012 students of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Rosarito, Mexico do not have to imagine, this is their reality. Yet, they did not let that interfere with their studies. A surprise is waiting for the students upon their return to school from summer break; they will have a roof over their heads. Thanks to Serving Hands International, a portable classroom was donated to the school on June 18, 2012. Profe Frausto stated, “my students will not have to worry about the weather, outside noise and will have less distractions now.” The school is extremely grateful to Serving Hands International for this donation. Thanks to the support of A-1 Self Storage and generous donors like you this was made possible.

Classroom before Portable donationPortable Classroom installed!

Apple iPad for Project Baseco in Manila, Philippines

In March of 2012 SHI announced that our partners Missionary Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament sent their fearless leader, Sister Ana Rodriguez to start a mission in Baseco Manila, Philippines. Since March 2012, Sister Ana has been busy getting to know the community of Baseco, learning to speak Tagalog and setting up shop to aid the poorest of the poor in Baseco. Sister Ana found herself in a “pickle” when it came to setting up the internet and phone. Baseco is a rural town, which is still developing. The town is not equipped with modern technology. Sister Ana submitted a request to SHI for an Apple iPad, after review we were able to grant her request with all the trimmings! We look forward to “Face time” with Sister Ana and are happy she is able to stay connected. Congrats to Sister Ana and Project Baseco. “Thank you to all who support SHI. Without your support we would not be able to do the work we do”. “Ingat” (which means take care in Tagalog) said Sister Ana Rodriguez. “Congratulations Mission Baseco on behalf of our premier sponsor A-1 Self Storage”.

Sister Ana studying Tagalog on her new iPad

Christmas in June

On a bright sunny day in May 2012, the Santa Clausen Ministry traveled to San Felipe Baja California Mexico to spread the Gospel through their “Christmas Program”. SCM volunteers, Mike and Sandra Clausen sought partnership with Serving Hands International to bring Christmas Blessings to families located in the Baja Community. The Santa Clausen Ministry travels to Mexico bringing food, toys, clothing and the Gospel to their community. SCM reported their annual Christmas Distribution served over 1,500 people. “Everything we do is free, nothing is ever sold. We pass on 100% of all that is given to us” said Mike Clausen of “The Santa Clausen Ministry”. The SCM is already planning next year’s event! These partnerships are made possible by our sponsor A-1 Storage. Thank you to A-1 Storage and donors like you!

Joaquin with his Christmas Teddy