7/9/2020: Build Update
Dear Corazón Sponsors, Donors, & Volunteers:
Our team would like to say thank you for your continuous support towards Corazón -your contributions allow our organization to continue providing aid to our Corazón families amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
We want to relay an important message in response to recent questions regarding travel to México and resuming builds with Corazón this season.
Corazón will not be hosting builds or any other form of travel to México this summer build season. While our organization would love to bring groups to our communities, we can not resume builds if doing so continues to pose a potential risk to the health and safety of the families in our communities, and to you, our supporters.
The United States Department of Homeland Security is limiting all non-essential travel across the Mexican and Canadian borders since March 21, 2020.
You may find this report here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/06/16/fact-sheet-dhs-measures-border-limit-further-spread-coronavirus
This measure has been extended to July 21, 2020. You may read about this extension here: https://www.dhs.gov/news/2020/06/16/acting-secretary-wolf-s-statement-extension-non-essential-travel-restrictions-canada
Our team aims to resume our 2020 build season in the Fall -- August 2020. However, this will be contingent upon COVID-19 conditions, recommendations from U.S. Public Health officials, and travel advisories between the United States & México during the Fall. Therefore, our goal to resume building in the Fall is subject to change.
Once again, we thank you for your patience as our organization navigates operations during the COVID-19 pandemic. We will continue to update you with any new information or changes.
We hope that you and your families are safe during this time.
4/6/2020: April Events Postponed
All builds scheduled for April, 2020, have been postponed and will be rescheduled as soon as possible. Please stay tuned to this page for updates.
3/13/2020: Builds Postponed - Corona Virus
Dear Sponsors, Donors, and Volunteers:
The health and safety of our donors, sponsors, volunteers, employees, and communities are always our top priority. There have been many questions about whether to proceed with scheduled builds due to the coronavirus. We have been closely monitoring the evolving situation with COVID-19 (coronavirus). We are aware of the uncertainty felt by so many worldwide, and we will follow the guidelines of the US State Department and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to reduce the spread and impact of the virus.
Global Health Advisory March 11, 2020, Level 3 Reconsider Travel - “The Department of State advises US citizens to reconsider travel abroad due to the global impact of COVID-19. Many areas throughout the world are now experiencing COVID-19 outbreaks and taking action that may limit traveler mobility, including quarantines and border restrictions. Even countries, jurisdictions, or areas where cases have not been reported may restrict travel without notice.”
After much prayerful consideration about what the right course of action should be, all builds in March will be rescheduled. We plan to resume our builds starting on April 18, but we will decide whether to proceed with building by April 3. We will continue to assess the situation both in the US and in Baja.
In anticipation of the March house builds, the cement foundations have already been poured, materials have been delivered, and families have prepared for construction of their new homes. We will be reaching out to all sponsors to discuss the following alternatives for suspended projects:
1) Use the funding to sponsor the construction of the homes by Mexican participants and any volunteers willing and able to participate.
2) Rescheduling the projects as soon as possible after our operations with volunteers can be resumed. We have several available dates at this time in late April and June and throughout the summer and early fall.
Thank you for your continued support - the health of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants is important to us, and you will be a key determinant of our decision on when to proceed with house building projects.
May God bless and watch over you and your loved ones.
Corazon Board and Staff Members