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Jamaica here I come!

Posted on June 22, 2013 at 3:45 PM

July 22 is my official return to Jamaica!  I am so excited!  I will be bringing my son, Steven and my mom.  The trip will be led by my favorite priest, Father Paul and I will be joined by my project manager, Natalie.  On this trip we will officially dedicate the COL School and computer center (Steven's Place).  We will build a playground at the school, celebrate in Barbaras Village, feed the homeless at Poor Relief, hug the children with aids and disabilities at my Fa...

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Donations Shipped!

Posted on March 8, 2012 at 5:20 AM

A big thank you to Coach Mike and First Coast Soccer players for donations for my 5 soccer projects in Jamaica!  Before leaving on a recent personal vaceation, I shipped 9 boxes to Jamaica.  Soccer shoes and t-shirts went to the Barbaras Village soccer team, coaches bags and socks went to the FFP soccer  team, soccer shoes and soccer goals went to the Celebration of Life School, soccer shoes went to the Steph's Place Schools, and soccer shoes, uniforms, shin guards and socks we...

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New Projects and Completed Projects!

Posted on March 7, 2012 at 7:40 PM

On December 17, 2011, I graduated from FSU with my Masters of Social Work Degree and my lifetime commitment to the poor of Jamaica only became stronger.  I know this is my destiny!

On my last trip to Jamaica in July 2011, we built the Celebration of Life School.  As I completed by educational journey and as a social worker, access to education for all children became even more a priority for me.  Upon completion of the school building, it was a necessity to continue this ...

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The journey 2011

Posted on December 11, 2011 at 11:45 PM

As I looked out the window of the plane and the island of Jamaica came into view, I was once again overwhelmed by emotion.  I was "home" again! My 2nd home.  Our first stop was Christian Care where all my "boyfriends", age 70 and up were waiting for their Barbara hugs! We laughed as we remembered one of my  painting projects from several years ago and viewed my paint job-a blue bathroom. where paint is still on the floor.  Their rooms are still the bright pink, purple and ...

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Leaving for Jamaica July 18-Join me!

Posted on June 11, 2011 at 10:36 AM

It is not too late to join me on my annual mission trip of hope and love to the poor of Jamaica-my 9th journey.  My son, Steven will be joining me again this year as well as some good friends.  The trip will be led by Father Paul, my favorite priest who has an undying passion for the poor of Jamaica.  Our trip will include the 5 year celebration of the opening of Barbaras Village with food, music, dancing and activities at the village.  I will be taking my Dog Meets World ...

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Jamaica 2010

Posted on October 6, 2010 at 10:49 AM

I recently returned from my annual trip to visit the poor of Jamaica and check on my projects.  As usual it was an awesome experience and my spirit was rejuvenated!  This year was a different  trip, as I traveled alone with Susan James, Jamaica project manager for Food for the Poor.  In the past I have always traveled with a group.  I hugged my way across the island!  I had the opportunity to visit all my favorite spots and visit my "Jamaican family, as I refer t...

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Inaugural Soccer Game is Played!

Posted on October 29, 2009 at 11:17 AM

On October 18 the vision became a reality.  The inaugural soccer game was played at the Ellersie soccer complex.  The match was played between Ellersie and a rival community team in St. Catherines.  The match was dedicated to a young man from Ellersie who had been shot and killed by a gang from the rival community.  On Oct. 18 these 2 communities united at the Ellersie soccer complex to share their love of this beautiful sport. The goal of this project was to give HOPE and...

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Welcome

Posted on August 13, 2009 at 3:22 PM

Friends and visitors:  I would like to take the opportunity to welcome you to this develping site.  As you follow it, you will be updated on both my international projects, as well as my community projects.  This site is about ordinary people making a difference.  In the My Friends section I have highlighted other CVS finalists and their projects.  The other 3 sections are organizations I personally work with in my community and internationally.  I am a phodograp...

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