Author: Kelly Shank

Posted on July 23, 2021

With his smart orange glasses and big smile, Manuel looks comfortable and confident in our classroom. In fact, he is more comfortable and confident than when he first came to Dorie’s Promise. One of the keys to his success is overcoming obstacles through art. Decoding Manuel’s Shyness A combination of factors resulted in Manuel being very shy when he first joined us. He was quiet, withdrawn, and...

Posted on July 16, 2021

In May, Nallely Lux graduated college! We are beyond proud of her, her efforts, and the bright future she created for herself. Please join us in celebrating this momentous occasion in her life. Nallely Lux is our oldest child and was our first child to graduate high school and continue her studies as an adult. A Note from Nallely At first, I wasn’t sure if I was ready...

Posted on July 9, 2021

In April, our stateside team made their first trip back to Dorie’s Promise after more than a year. Oh, how we missed seeing our kids and staff in person. As we sat together in the evenings, our conversations often shifted to the amazing transformations we notice in our kids. In only a year, they changed so much. Thinking back to 3, 4, or 5 years...

Posted on July 2, 2021

Great news for everyone who has fallen in love with this dynamic duo—Jimena and Elizabeth are now part of our sponsorship program. If you’ve been to Dorie’s Promise in the last 4 years, you know Jimena and Elizabeth. Even if you don’t remember their names, we’ve positive these two spunky sisters left an impression on you during your trip. They are a huge part of the...

Posted on June 25, 2021

In May we celebrated 4 special birthday kids at Dorie’s Promise—Dulce, Elvis, Jimena, and Manuel. Here are some fun updates about each child. 🎂 Dulce What are her favorite games and activities right now? Dulce is so outgoing and loving that she enjoys almost anything with other people. Right now, she loves playing with colorful toys that have lots of texture. What is her favorite school activity this...

Posted on June 18, 2021

After 18 months at Dorie’s Promise, Manuel de Jesus is home again with his family. Today, we’re celebrating another child’s dream coming true. Last week, we shared about Flor and Mateo’s adoption. This week, we’re highlighting the way strong family bonds overcome obstacles. With Us For a Short Time Many of you may be struggling to place Manuel de Jesus amongst your memories of our children. Arriving...

Posted on June 11, 2021

Flor and Mateo’s greatest desire has been fulfilled. 💕 After several years of mentorship and building strong bonds, a local couple is adopting Flor and Mateo. Flor and Mateo joined their forever family several weeks ago. Flor and Mateo Believe in Family Although we miss Flor and Mateo tremendously, our excitement for them is overwhelming. Since the moment they joined us 4 years ago, their desire was...

Posted on June 4, 2021

We have great news! Fifteen months after pandemic-related travel restrictions abruptly halted our 2020 short-term missions season, we will soon host our first 2021 team at Dorie’s Promise. After much planning, we’re cautiously optimistic and prepared to slowly welcome guests. Why now? Deciding if, when, and how to safely host mission teams has been challenging. In January, our leadership team compiled preliminary guidelines and milestones for potential...

Posted on May 28, 2021

Towards the end of April, we had a very special birthday celebration at Dorie’s Promise. For the first time in over a year, several of our U.S.-based staff members were able to visit our home to work on a special project. Their perfect timing allowed them to celebrate our April birthdays with us! We celebrated 4 awesome kids in April—Daniela, Flor, Mario, and Yire. 🎂 Daniela Two years...

Posted on May 21, 2021

Every once in a while it’s fun to share quick stories about our kids to remind us all how amazing they are. Today, we’re bragging about our kids and the fantastic things they’re doing. School is going well Brayan is back in cooking classes again. If you remember, his culinary classes shut down last year. A few months ago, he enrolled in online classes with hopes of...