Home – a word that evokes thoughts of belonging, comfort, and love. For one family in Tijuana, Mexico, it now also means real windows, a door, and distinct rooms, thanks to a team of volunteers from Jackson & Coker, a locum tenens recruitment firm for physicians and advanced practitioners.
Ramon, age 42, supports his family of seven by baking and selling bread. It’s an honest living and he works hard, but as he says, “I want my children to have a sufficient home to live a dignified life, and it is hard to make that life for them on my own.”
Jackson & Coker, working with Homes of Hope, responded to Ramon’s wishes by sending a team of 19 to construct the new home he now shares with his wife, Ruth, and five children. Spanning 20 feet by 20 feet, the three-room house has cement flooring but no indoor plumbing – yet it is a mansion compared to their previous residence. In addition, Jackson & Coker paid school readmittance fees for Andres Isaac, 17, who had left school to help support the family.
To thank the team, the family cooked a feast of pan dulce (sweet bread) and menudo, using the money they would typically spend on baking supplies for the business and groceries for the family. Unknown to them, the team had also planned a surprise shopping spree that more than made up for their generosity.
The experience left me both humbled and encouraged. I was reminded the important things in life are not really things. Love, faith, and family together can conquer seemingly insurmountable obstacles.
– Spencer Stephens