Each year, during Spring break, the Students from Bishop Carroll High School in Wichita, Kansas, along with their Chaplain, Fr. Ben Sawyer, come to do service projects at Villa Guadalupe. This year, after driving fourteen hours, meeting with rain and snow, they finally made it to Gallup.
Since the weather was so bad the first few days of their arrival, they had inside jobs in the Home. They worked with activities, a few clean up projects (such as putting order to the craft-room and the back of the stage), and cleaning wheelchairs and walkers. These are very hidden services, but so necessary. The students asked that they be able to sit with the Residents during meal time to be able to talk to them and to get to know them. The Residents truly enjoyed their visits, and were all so sad to see them go.
After several projects inside, the weather warmed up and they finally got outside with shovels in hand and worked on Phase #2 in the garden project, which was to remove the railroad ties, level the ground and all the shrubs and help Lee Mitchell, from our Maintenance department, to put together the wooden garden boxes. It was a great joy to have them with us!