Nuevo Pacto Congregation
Sublima Gracia Congregation
Jose Luis Portillo
Executive Director, Proyecto Abrigo
Rev. Jose Luis Portillo is 1 of 10 children born and raised in Juarez, Mexico. He raised money for his family when he was a child by selling cigarettes and cigars on the streets of Juarez. He and his sister, Juana, received scholarships to go to Lydia Patterson Institute in El Paso, TX (a United Methodist high school owned by the South Central Jurisdiction which has a lot of children from Mexico coming to go to school). There he learned English and heard God calling him to be a minister. He graduated from John Wesley Seminary in Monterrey, Mexico and was appointed to a church in Juarez. While he was there he invited volunteers to come and help build the church building. Those volunteers saw the people living in cardboard houses and asked how they might help. Through the help of Volunteers in Mission, Jose Luis began Operacion Hogar (Operation Home) in 1992 which used teams of volunteers from the United States to build concrete block houses for families living in cardboard houses. Most of the houses built are in Tierra Nueva, a community on the outskirts of Juarez. Jose Luis left Operacion Hogar in 1996 and founded Proyecto Abrigo, doing the same type of home building. Between these two organizations, Jose Luis has been responsible for building over 7000 houses since 1992.
Associate Director, Proyecto Abrigo
Director, Kingswood & Scholarship Ministries
Chair, Board of Directors
Charles Harrison has been actively involved in ministry since 1988. After leaving a career as a retail sales executive with a flagship department store chain, he served for 3 1/2 years in the area of Single’s Ministry. He then began working with Youth and Families in 1991. Charles currently serves as the executive director of YouthWorker Movement and as the Catalyst Pastor at Kessler Park UMC in Dallas. Charles spends all of his free-time with his Life-Partner of 20+ years, Georgia M. Harrison. She is an ordained Deacon in the North Texas Conference and currently serves FUMC Wichita Falls. Charles also especially enjoys spending time with his children, Ricky and Marisa.
Vice Chair, Board of Directors
Lisa Hamilton is a member of University Park UMC in Dallas, Texas. She works as a Certified Academic Language Therapist and a Licensed Dyslexia Specialist at Dallas Academy. She and her husband, Alan, have two children, Jordan age 6 and Jacob age 3. They are excited to take the boys on their first trip to Projecto Abrigo in the coming years, and they look forward to continuing their support of its wonderful ministry in Mexico.
Mission Director, Juntos Servimos
Larry, a permanent volunteer, has dedicated himself since 2000 to responding in a caring manner to the suffering of colonia residents. In addition to coordinating volunteer mission groups visiting Casa Bugambilia, he works closely with Dr. Nancy and community leaders in the colonias and Matamoros to address issues of health, food and shelter. Everyday he listens and responds to the petitions of colonia residents to find out where there are needs and the best way to respond.
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Booking & Costs
Proyecto Abrigo is currently accepting team reservations for the 2015 & 2016 calendar years. In order to schedule a trip, please complete the form below.
Trip Registration Fee: $100 – This non-refundable registration fee reserves your trip dates and helps cover administration costs for Proyecto Abrigo.
Room and Board: $25 per person per night – This includes three meals per day and dorm lodging for the group. Short weekend teams are required to cover at least three nights.
Home Building: $3,200 – This includes all construction materials plus the cost of hiring two professional maestros to lead the building project. Doors and windows are also included in the cost of the home.
Transportation: $30 per person – If your group needs transportation to and from the El Paso Airport, Proyecto Abrigo can provide this service with advanced notice.
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“A Compassionate Response…”
January 28, 2015Dear Friends, It has been about twenty years since I first saw Tierra Nueva. Then it was a desert, with a few houses made of cardboard and pallets. The largest structure was a church made entirely of ...
“Becoming an Angel of Hope”
February 15, 2014Over the New Year’s holiday I had the opportunity to travel once again to Juarez, Mexico to serve with Proyecto Abrigo. In a place that feels like home surrounded by people who feel like family, a con...
“Why We Return…”
January 18, 2014Upon returning from Proyecto Abridgo and spending a week living in community there, I asked myself “Why is it that myself and others travel across the state of Texas again and again to Proyecto ...
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