Helping Disabled Children Living
in Mexico’s Extreme Poverty

Helping Disabled Children Living in Mexico’s Extreme Poverty

Make a Difference

Donate to Pasitos de Luz & CASA Connor today! Please specify in the comments section of PayPal and on ALL donations "Pasitos de Luz/BNB." This helps us track our efforts.

Make a Difference

Donate to Pasitos de Luz & CASA Connor today! Please specify in the comments section of PayPal and on ALL donations "Pasitos de Luz/BNB." This helps us track our efforts.

Little Steps to the Light

 I took this photo at the entrance of Casa Connor. Please note the English translation of Pasitos De Luz here: “Little Steps to the light.” This artwork depicts my friend Teena’s grandson, Connor, walking with Jesus in heaven.

Little Steps to the Light

 I took this photo at the entrance of Casa Connor. Please note the English translation of Pasitos De Luz here: “Little Steps to the light.” This artwork depicts my friend Teena’s grandson, Connor, walking with Jesus in heaven.

Pasitos/CASA Connor in Action

Pasitos/CASA Connor in Action

How I Discovered My Passion for Puerto Vallarta

The Second Special Vera in My Life

A few years ago, I read a story about children in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico that lived in the dump. I couldn’t stop thinking about it and needed to know if it was true. I began to do some research and blindly went on my first discovery trip to my beloved PV along with toys, candy and toothbrushes for 100 kids. Because of the relationships and information I acquired online before my trip, I was able to hit the ground running my first morning there.

Through a downtown church pastor, I was introduced to a lady named Vera. She was interrupted and pulled out of her morning Bible study session to come out and meet me. I couldn’t believe how clearly God was lighting up my path, to help Him to do His work. He conveniently dropped a unique lady into my life, with a name equally special. All of my childhood, I had been called “little Vera” after my maternal grandmother.

During the next week, I would visit and start directly supporting several families, including those living at the dump. It was profound. Never again could I look at my beloved Puerto Vallarta the same way. I had found my new passion.

“Over decades, Vera Faulk has become a one-woman charitable institution for the kids who live around the dump at Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.”

Video courtesy of The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington; interview by Peter Haley on August 30, 2018.

“Over decades, Vera Faulk has become a one-woman charitable institution for the kids who live around the dump at Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.”

Video courtesy of The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington; interview by Peter Haley on August 30, 2018.

“Over decades, Vera Faulk has become a one-woman charitable institution for the kids who live around the dump at Puerto Vallarta in Mexico.”

Video courtesy of The News Tribune of Tacoma, Washington; interview by Peter Haley on August 30, 2018.

The FIRST Vera In My Life

I think Grannie had such a big effect on me because we were so alike. Everyone noticed it – in fact I used to be called “Little Vera.” For one thing, I looked just like her. We’re the only two in the family with fair skin and blue eyes. 

“Watch your pennies, Shari,” she told me many times. “Then you won’t have to worry about the dollars. They will be there.” I listened to her because, like me, Grannie had a feeling for money. She too liked the way it built up over time. This lesson that I learned from her has stuck with me all my life.

— excerpt from Berried In Chocolate by Shari Fitzpatrick, pg. 43

Picture of Shari’s one-of-a-kind Grannie Vera, her maternal grandmother
Grannie's Vegas 90th Birthday Party

The FIRST Vera In My Life

I think Grannie had such a big effect on me because we were so alike. Everyone noticed it – in fact I used to be called “Little Vera.” For one thing, I looked just like her. We’re the only two in the family with fair skin and blue eyes. 

“Watch your pennies, Shari,” she told me many times. “Then you won’t have to worry about the dollars. They will be there.” I listened to her because, like me, Grannie had a feeling for money. She too liked the way it built up over time. This lesson that I learned from her has stuck with me all my life.

— excerpt from Berried In Chocolate by Shari Fitzpatrick, pg. 43

Picture of Shari’s one-of-a-kind Grannie Vera, her maternal grandmother
Grannie's Vegas 90th Birthday Party

The FIRST Vera In My Life

I think Grannie had such a big effect on me because we were so alike. Everyone noticed it – in fact I used to be called “Little Vera.” For one thing, I looked just like her. We’re the only two in the family with fair skin and blue eyes. 

“Watch your pennies, Shari,” she told me many times. “Then you won’t have to worry about the dollars. They will be there.” I listened to her because, like me, Grannie had a feeling for money. She too liked the way it built up over time. This lesson that I learned from her has stuck with me all my life.

— excerpt from Berried In Chocolate by Shari Fitzpatrick, pg. 43

Picture of Shari’s one-of-a-kind Grannie Vera, her maternal grandmother
Grannie's Vegas 90th Birthday Party

Make a Difference

Donate to Pasitos de Luz & CASA Connor today! Please specify in the comments section of PayPal and on ALL donations "Pasitos de Luz/BNB." This helps us track our efforts.

Make a Difference

Donate to Pasitos de Luz & CASA Connor today! Please specify in the comments section of PayPal and on ALL donations "Pasitos de Luz/BNB." This helps us track our efforts.

Supporting Pasitos de Luz

Vera introduced me to Pasitos de Luz, another WONDERFUL organization in Puerto Vallarta. It’s another amazing effort in PV, and as a non-profit it can provide a tax deductible receipt. The primary mission of Pasitos de Luz is to support low-income families with free daycare for their disabled children. This a civil association in Banderas Bay. It is a registered non-profit organization founded by mothers of disabled children to achieve their therapeutic, psychological, nutritional, educational, and basic needs.

“Imagine a single mother who lives on the breadline trying to take care of little girl with cerebral palsy while also supporting three other children. Then imagine that this whole family lives in a single room constructed from corrugated iron and cardboard. Pasitos enables this family to survive.”

— “Making a Difference,” Pasitos de Luz

My favorite Casa Connor visitor is Xochiti. (See below for photos of her!)

Nurses travel from all over and donate their time and TLC.

Instead of lying on a dirty mattress on the floor of a pallet fort on the edge of the dump… Kids are experiencing joy, fed nourishing meals, and learning to walk.

Supporting Pasitos de Luz

Vera introduced me to Pasitos de Luz, another WONDERFUL organization in Puerto Vallarta. It’s another amazing effort in PV, and as a non-profit it can provide a tax deductible receipt. The primary mission of Pasitos de Luz is to support low-income families with free daycare for their disabled children. This a civil association in Banderas Bay. It is a registered non-profit organization founded by mothers of disabled children to achieve their therapeutic, psychological, nutritional, educational, and basic needs.

“Imagine a single mother who lives on the breadline trying to take care of little girl with cerebral palsy while also supporting three other children. Then imagine that this whole family lives in a single room constructed from corrugated iron and cardboard. Pasitos enables this family to survive.”

— “Making a Difference,” Pasitos de Luz

My favorite Casa Connor visitor is Xochiti. (See below for photos of her!)

Nurses travel from all over and donate their time and TLC.

Instead of lying on a dirty mattress on the floor of a pallet fort on the edge of the dump… Kids are experiencing joy, fed nourishing meals, and learning to walk.

Make a Difference

Donate to Pasitos de Luz & CASA Connor today! Please specify in the comments section of PayPal and on ALL donations "Pasitos de Luz/BNB." This helps us track our efforts.

Make a Difference

Donate to Pasitos de Luz & CASA Connor today! Please specify in the comments section of PayPal and on ALL donations "Pasitos de Luz/BNB." This helps us track our efforts.

Another Way to Show Your Support

When you stay at Shari’s Bed and Berries, you support  Boys and Berries Ministry. Spend your next vacation at her beautiful Bed & Breakfast in California’s Fairplay Wine Region, and contribute to the children of Puerto Vallarta at the same time!

Another Way to Show Your Support

When you stay at Shari’s Bed and Berries, you support  Boys and Berries Ministry. Spend your next vacation at her beautiful Bed & Breakfast in California’s Fairplay Wine Region, and contribute to the children of Puerto Vallarta at the same time!

Another Way to Show Your Support

When you stay at Shari’s Bed and Berries, you support  Boys and Berries Ministry. Spend your next vacation at her beautiful Bed & Breakfast in California’s Fairplay Wine Region, and contribute to the children of Puerto Vallarta at the same time!

Brought to You By Professional Speaker & Founder of Shari’s Berries

Shari Fitzpatrick

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