You may know we have a Coffee Project which we originated to financially support the program. While still far from that goal, we are well on the way. Our greatest sales come from Affiliate chapters. We offer special thanks to the Albany Chapter. They sell more of our coffee than anyone else. We also thank Affiliates who purchase our coffee either in person or via the internet. A member of the Subway Chapter sells our coffee at several events in northern New Jersey. She has supported our other needs by collecting shoes, backpacks, and school supplies for us.
The Las Vegas Affiliate Chapter has also done a great deal. First, they sponsored one of our children. Later, they purchased our Family Coffee, which helps to support our educational efforts. Recently, they were instrumental in our being connected to Labdoo (https://www.labdoo.org) and our now being in the process of receiving ten laptops with educational software.
Our Affiliate friends on the West Coast must not be overlooked. San Lorenzo, Seattle and other West Coast chapters and Affiliates have purchased quantities of our coffee and sponsored our children’s education. Most of the people who sponsor one of our children are Maryknoll Affiliates.
My own Houston Affiliate Chapter has been a source of great support for Caminando. Their practical advice and guidance to me personally helps support and guide the program in Guatemala. Incidentally, Father Tom’s Family Coffee is the only coffee served at activities at the Maryknoll House in Houston.
Our gratitude is great for all the wonderful help we have been receiving from Affiliates. Without your help, we could not have continued the work that was left to us by Fr. Tom’s untimely death. We often tout the idea that Caminando Por La Paz is the only Affiliate-operated mission program. “Truth be told,” it is an all-Affiliates program because without your help, Caminando could not exist.