Monday, May 1, 2017

Camp’s Children Receive Lifesaving Hope

Maria is 11 years old, one of nine children in an impoverished family from South Los Angeles. Her mother’s constant drinking worsened after her father was sentenced to five years in prison for assault, and it wasn’t long before they lost their tiny apartment.

Maria lived in a car with her mother and eight siblings for a year until her mother finally sent her to stay with her aunt who lived nearby.





“It breaks my heart to hear they’re going through these horrible things at home.”-Ana, Circle V Camp Counselor


Her aunt wanted to give Maria the childhood she deserved, and with her help, Maria received a scholarship to spend a week at St. Vincent de Paul’s Circle V Ranch Camp.


At camp, Maria learned about life away from the inner city. She played, made friends, and built powerful bonds with her counselors, who gave her support and encouragement she had not received from her parents. Maria’s counselor, Ana, remarked, “It breaks my heart to hear they’re going through these horrible things at home. They open up to you, and it’s just so powerful for both the counselor and the camper.”

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