October 20, 2017 -- Established in Sea Cliff in 2009 with a mission locally to meet the needs of women who have lost control of their lives,who are struggling to raise their children, or who have been left shipwrecked by economic or marital hardship, the Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center (GAF) has now expanded its efforts globally spearheading an effort to build a childcare center in Comayagua Honduras, a small city in the impoverished Central American country. Partnering with Guardian Angel is Lions Club International.
“Since Comayagua lacks the critical resources to provide safe and reliable childcare, children are left vulnerable while parents lack the support needed to improve their lives through work and education,” explains the Center’s founder Barbara Costello.
The Lions Club International has contributed to the effort by donating several acres of land in Comayagua on which the Jardin de Angeles (Angel Gardens) will be built.
The Lions Club “believes that the world gets better and problems become smaller when people unite to serve their global community,” said Ms. Costello. “Their mission is in complete alignment with ours.”
Sea Cliff Glen Head Lions Club member Ed Lieberman expressed a similar sentiment.
“It is the mission of the Lions to not only assist our local community but also the larger global community,” he said. “We are ready, willing and able to assist where we can.”
GAF’s support for the Honduran city goes back a few years. Farah Rico of Glen Cove helped to establish the connection.
In 2015, through the efforts of its donors and volunteers, GAF provided a hospital and orphanage in Comayagua with clothing and supplies. That support has expanded into support for an after-school program that offers educational opportunities to children in the under-resourced area.
Locally, Guardian Angel offers a variety of support to women and families in crisis.
The center provides for both physical necessities such as shelter, clothing, and sometimes even food, as well as emotional support and life skills guidance for women who are victims of abuse, or who are facing financial hardship, or who are experiencing some other life altering crisis.
The three pillars for recovery are “safety, stability, and self-reliance,” Ms. Costello explained to Northwordnews in 2015 - and the philosophy is one that recognizes both the importance of assistance from others and self- help in getting back on one’s feet.
On Thursday, November 9 Guardian Angel will be recognizing the Lions Club International for both its efforts locally and globally at its annual benefit dinner and ever popular Chinese auction at the Brookville Country Club at 6:30 pm. To purchase tickets go to http://gafcc.org/5th-annual-benefit-dinner/.
For more information about the Guardian Angel Family Crisis Center go their website at gafcc.org.