The Grupo Madre Teresa BCS is a nondenominational non-profit organization that provides a variety of essential services to some of the most vulnerable members of the rural Mexican community in the Southern Baja. The Grupo Madre Teresa BCS serves a key role in the health and well-being of the town of El Pescadero and the surrounding areas. During this period of COVID, Grupo Madre Teresa has been the only source of nutrition for 200 families.
Grupo Madre Teresa BCS volunteers also provide care for community members with medical conditions, organize clothing drives, and provide much needed support at the most difficult times in peoples’ lives. Giovanni, the founder, is a trained nurse and even delivers babies for many families who otherwise would not have medical support during childbirth.
Volunteers with the organization often times ride deep into the back country on horseback to make sure that people living there have what they need to survive.
The organization prides itself on its well-deserved reputation in the community for NEVER turning anyone away.
The Grupo Mother Teresa BCS fulfills its vital mission without support from any religious institution or the government.
No one associated with the group receives a salary or is reimbursed for expenses. They are truly volunteers – in time, effort and resources. No rent is paid and there is no overhead.
Inspired by Mother Teresa and her legacy, Giovanni Espinoza founded The Grupo Madre Teresa BCS in 2014. Born and raised in a farming family in Pescadero, he left to attend the seminary, then continued on to be trained as a nurse. While he ultimately did not choose the priesthood, he did choose a life of service and returned to his hometown to serve the underprivileged.
Giovanni is the tireless leader of the organization, volunteering full-time. He and his team work tirelessly to provide food, clothing, medical supplies, and services to their community. Giovanni operates Grupo Madre Teresa out of his small restaurant, La Palma. In this time of the COVID pandemic, when tourism and travel to this area have declined there has been a steep loss in business. Still, more often than not, week after week Giovanni will use any modest profits from La Palma to purchase the supplies needed when donations are not otherwise available.
Giovanni has been a dedicated servant, devoting his life to serving the underprivileged in the Pescadero area.
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