Rev. Morgan McLean recently visited the Philadelphia offices of neighborhood non-profit Amparo de la Niñez, or Children’s Safe Harbor. McLean was there to present a donation to the organization’s directors, Felipe and Iris Myrtha Castro, on behalf of the church’s Offering Outreach program.
Felipe and Iris Castro founded Amparo de la Niñez 26 years ago, with the intention of keeping children focused, educated, and engaged in positive activities throughout their lives. The successful non-profit is rooted in the community, offering music, art, poetry, and computer classes to children ages 6 through 12.
Felipe was happy to show Rev. Morgan around the facilities, describing Amparo’s many classes and activities, including a weekly radio program.
“It helps get the word out,” Castro said. “Kids train with the equipment, then are interviewed and play music or read poetry.”
Castro also commented on the impressive longevity of the organization. “Been going 26 years,” he chuckled, “now some kids are back as adults to volunteer.”
All of Amparo’s programs, including the extremely accomplished Celestial Voices Choir, are run by volunteer staff. The operating budget comes completely from donations such as the one provided by Main Line Unitarian Church (MLUC). Amparo de la Niñez was chosen as the church’s Offering Outreach recipient for the month of March, resulting in a $2,292 donation from the congregation’s Sunday collections.
Rev. McLean said of her visit, “It was a pleasure meeting Felipe and Iris. Their commitment to the community is inspiring, and Amparo de la Niñez does an amazing job of instilling good values in young people. I’m so glad MLUC has been able to partner with them.”
Photo: Rev. Morgan McLean of Main Line Unitarian Church (left) presents a donation of $2,292 to Felipe Castro, Founder and Director of Amparo de la Niñez, with assistance from church member Mimi Collins, who also volunteers with Amparo.