Breaking ground: Donations will help build pavilion at La Posada

SAN BENITO — Sister Zita Telkamp is very proud of the children who are taught at La Posada Providencia.

As the shelter’s program director, it’s her job they are cared for.

After breaking ground on an estimated $8,500 outdoor screened pavilion yesterday afternoon, provided by several local organizations, Telkamp was joined in front of guests and the media in attendance by three children from Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia.

They broke out into a chorus of the ABC’s.

The serenade elicited collective “awes” and “giggles” from the crowd of onlookers. Telkamp had the biggest smile on her face.

These children and their families traveled hundreds of miles, and it is through the kindness of strangers, like those at the groundbreaking, who have donated funds so they are able to survive.

As a safe haven, La Posada has relied heavily on the kindness of the community and sought refuge in its warmth as they have many times before.

Yesterday, the shelter celebrated the groundbreaking of the $8,500 pavilion.

The value of this donated effort comes from a collection of entities, including Sunburst Rotary Club, District 5930 of Rotary International, Boggus Ford, Carpenter Jimmy Vasquez, Sam Uribe Electric, and Casa Engineering.

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