Frequently Asked Questions

Service Trips

How do I know that we will be safe?

We have taken over 60 service trips in the past 20 years. We are careful to avoid dangerous areas, to use tools safely, and to eat food prepared by those we trust for cleanliness. The average answer to the question "How safe did you feel while on the service trip?" is 9.4 out of 10.

How do I pay the rest of my service trip balance?

Your deposit holds your place in this trip. However, you must pay the balance of the trip donation at least one month before your trip is scheduled to depart. When you are ready to pay the balance of your service trip, go to the Donate page and select "One Time" donation. Select the "Other Amount" button. In the dropdown menu select "My Service Trip Balance" and then input the remaining balance. Click "Donate" and complete payment.

Is it safe to travel to Tijuana?

Traveling with Spark of Hope Foundation to Tijuana is safe because 1) we only visit areas that we know are safe. We avoid city zones and heavily populated areas. 2) The neighborhoods we work in know us. We have been serving them since 2001. Our neighbors are our friends. 3) We have a safe, secure dormitory that we sleep in and park our cars in. It has a security system and a caretaker family. Our track record for safety is fantastic. Our average rating for safety on our volunteer surveys is 9.4 out of 10. Our service trips to Tijuana feel as safe or safer than they did when we started in 2001. The news media tells a different story than the reality of Tijuana. Our 4 children have been on more than 15 service trips. Our siblings have brought their families. We feel confident assuring your safety on a Spark of Hope Foundation service trip. We have taken over 60 service trips in the past 20 years. We are careful to avoid dangerous areas, to use tools safely, and to eat food prepared by those we trust for cleanliness. The average answer to the question "How safe did you feel while on the service trip?" is 9.4 out of 10.

What do we eat on a trip and is food provided?

Food is provided by our caretaker, Veronica Ojeda. She prepares delicious Mexican food for us for every meal. Be prepared for the best Mexican food you have ever eaten.

Where do we stay?

We stay in our dormitory named "Chispa" (translation: Spark). This secure facility has beds with mattresses, private rooms, flush toilets, warm showers, standard electricity, a security system, caretakers and indoor parking.

Womens' Center

When will the Women's Center "Amiga" open?

We are hoping to open Amiga mid 2021. The foundation has been poured and construction is under way.

Donations

Are payments secure?

We use industry standard payment methods. These methods are secure and reliable.

Where is my money going?

Spark of Hope Foundation is a pro bono, non profit, 501(c)3. This means: No-one at Spark of Hope Foundation is paid for their service. Our board is filled with volunteers who love serving. No salaries, no bonuses, no profit - only goodness. Spark of Hope Foundation meets and follows federally regulated guidelines to be designated as a non profit, 501(c)3. This also means that 100% of your donation is tax deductible.

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