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Connecting with Common Hope Supporters from Minnesota to Colorado

During the last few weeks Teresa, Outreach and Partnership Manager, visited Common Hope supporters from Minnesota to Colorado and participated in the fun activities they organized to support Common Hope’s work.

Cumpleaños de Juan in St. Paul, Minnesota

March started off with a fun birthday party organized by Immanuel Lutheran Church in St. Paul to celebrate their sponsored student, Juan’s, birthday during their coffee hour. The church’s Men’s Club who sponsors Juan provided a birthday cake and had a card for everyone to sign together. They sent the card with pictures of the party to Juan who turned 14 on March 22nd.

Next Stop: St. James, Minnesota

Teresa visited St. James to meet with the members of two community clubs–the Citizenship and the Women’s Study Club. These clubs invited her to share about Common Hope’s work, Vision Team Trips to Guatemala, and Sponsoring a student. ¡Muchas gracias por la invitación! It was wonderful connecting with members of the St. James community.

We love sharing about Common Hope not only with adults, but also with students to increase their cultural awareness. Teresa met some very engaged middle and high school students in the St. James School’s Social Justice Club. Fourth grade and kindergarten classes also participated in different cultural activities tailored specifically for their age group.


Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church in Denver, Colorado

Last week, the Montview Boulevard Presbyterian Church hosted a tabling event for Teresa to speak between their worship services. This was an awesome opportunity to reconnect with Vision Team Alumni and Sponsors, and meet new people interested in Common Hope’s mission. Thank you Susie Higginbottom for organizing this event. It was wonderful to see everyone again, including Montview Church Vision Team Alumni!

Common Hope Fiesta

Thank you to Diana and Lee Castellion for hosting an incredible Common Hope party with authentic Guatemalan food at their home! Diana invited Sponsors from Littleton United Methodist Church, Vision Team members from her previous teams, Columbine United Church members and Latin American Heritage Camp members to meet Teresa who shared about Common Hope, the results of our recent impact study, and the success of the Early Childhood Reading program. ¡Gracias por la hospitalidad!

Learning Lunch at Angevine Middle School, Lafayette, Colorado

Teresa had a wonderful time presenting at a Learning Lunch for 6-8th graders at Angevine Middle School. The 6th graders were particularly engaged, asking a lot of questions about how they could best contribute to help those in Guatemala and how they could get future classes involved. We look forward to continuing to build our relationship with the awesome students at AMS!

Denver’s Common Hope Connection Happy Hour

Teresa invited our amigos from Denver to join for a Common Hope Connection Happy Hour at Devour the 303. It was a delightful evening full of great conversations with Common Hope supporters and friends. There were many wonderful Common Hope connections made! Thank you again to everyone who joined us and to Devour the 303 for being such gracious hosts!

Visiting our friends at Pie Consulting in Denver 

The next Pie Consulting Vision Team is coming to Guatemala in September! Teresa visited the Pie Consulting office in Denver to host an Info Session for employees to dive into Common Hope’s work and the upcoming Vision Team trip. Thank you for partnering with Common Hope, we’re looking forward to welcoming you in September!

AMIGOS DE DENVER, We hope to see you for Noche de Colores on Tour in Denver on October 3, 2019!


If you would like to learn more about sharing Common Hope’s mission with your school, office or church, email Teresa at

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Denver friends can join us at Noche de Colores on Tour on October 3, 2019 at the Glenmoor Country Club in Englewood. Tickets will be on sale this summer! Our Bay Area amigos can join us at Noche de Colores on Tour on September 19, 2019 at the Terrace Room at Lake Merritt in Oakland, CA.

Sponsors near and far are encouraged to celebrate their student’s birthday, either by hosting a small party like Immanuel Lutheran or by sending their student a note wishing them felíz cumpleaños. Sponsors can also make a gift to Common Hope’s Gift Fund, which provides a gift to every student on their birthday.

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