One common question we are asked about the boys at Hope House is: “What happens when they come of age?” Well, Mexican law is pretty clear about what that means for our boys. Our job is to prepare them for life outside our walls. Faithful to this charge, we teach the boys skills so that when they leave, they have something of value to offer. Traditionally, this is the function of the woodshop and aquaponics system. Our boys have had additional internship-style experiences on campus: food preparation, hairstyling, general maintenance and construction. These are incredibly valuable to our boys and it’s already a cut above what other institutions offer.
Original floor plan for transition home from September 2015
However, our dream is for better. We think that merely teaching employable skills and then saying goodbye at eighteen stops short of what we can do to help our young men make the transition from group-living to independent living and adulthood. This is what’s behind the transition home, which broke ground in January 2016.
Before that point, it was little more than a sense of God’s calling for John Trinkle and a sketch on paper by Walt Heine. Trinkle started an organization, The Way Ministries Guadalajara, and it has been a faithful partner in bringing this dream to earth. He and his team were here at the end of June to complete their sixth project on the home.
Ground is broken and plans are mapped out of the ground.
We saw the following progress: plumbing installed for three bathrooms, the interior and exterior walls of three rooms painted, and electrical fittings acquired. You can see photos of the progress below.
The transition home will be a place to learn life skills: how to cook, how to manage time, how to find work. It will be a place for spiritual discipleship to continue. We’re prayerfully developing a program for the young men who will eventually move into the home. You can pray for our wisdom in that.
Current progress of the transition house construction.
Ulises, our oldest boy, will turn eighteen by this time next year. We hope to have a place ready for him when he does. His room still needs a window. The kitchen needs tile, paint, and furnishing. There are a handful of boys just behind Ulises who will take advantage of this program within the next two years.
So what happens when the boys come of age? We support them all the way.
Jorge, Ulises, John Trinkle and Gerardo sit outside almost finished dorm looking at pictures on John's cell phone.
John is committed to loving these boys in every way. He's known Ulises since he was a boy, and he is so
pleased to see him become a man and work alongside building his next home.