By Alexa D’Ambrosio
Amigos de Jesús family member and benefactor
Amigos has affected my life in more ways than I can count. From each individual moment with the children I have learned something new. Once I was playing soccer with Daniela* - bearing in mind that I am a terrible soccer player. I was laughing and apologizing, feeling bad that I couldn’t keep up. Daniela* said to me, “All that matters is you are having fun.” I realized that I was having fun, and I could not have been any happier even if I was the best soccer player in the world.
I have also learned to live completely in the moment. Whether sitting with Maria* as she shares her music or seeing Ariana’s* radiant smile, I have learned how to be vulnerable, optimistic, and resilient. I learned of Amigos from my grandfather who always wanted to visit and passed away before he had the chance. I know he would have loved Amigos, and when I am there I feel his presence.
When I am in the prayer circle, I am reminded that the children have magic. On a personal level, I will never forget when the children prayed for my mom when she was going through cancer treatment. When Calvin* found out she was in remission, he said, "the children have magic." I thought, "yes they do". The children have given me far more than I can ever return, and I am so grateful to call Amigos my family.
*Names changed to protect privacy