Every child deserves a quality education. Casa Flores owners Fernando Gómez and Steven Cross believe in the power of education to break the cycle of poverty, empower young people to realize their dreams, help support their families, and grow as human beings. Please help us make a difference in the lives of young people in the Lake Chapala area. In addition to being regular volunteers, Fernando and Steven make monthly donations to three area charities.

We encourage you to learn more about these worthwhile charities.

Lakeside School for Special Needs Children

The Lakeside School for Special Needs Children serves over 100 children with hearing and visual impairments, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, quadriplegia, paraplegia, autism, and other disabilites. The school, located in Jocotepec and serving the entire Lake Chapala area, is an all-volunteer, non-profit charitable organization.

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With many fundraising events year-round, there are many opportunities to add your unique talents to any of numerous fun projects. Volunteers are also needed to share their knowledge in crafts, library management skills, etc. Volunteers and donations are always welcome. Please visit the Lakeside School for Special Needs Children Website to learn more.

Vill Infantil, A Home for Children

“Our first visit to Villa Infantil was truly a bittersweet experience. It is heart-wrenching to see children deprived of real family life, but sweet to see how loved and well-cared for they are by the nuns and volunteers. To see so many people giving freely to children in need has been one of the most humbling and beautiful experiences of our lives.”  -Steven Cross

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Villa Infantil is a home for abused, abandoned, or orphaned children on the southern shore of Lake Chapala. Here you will find a loving family of 24 children from the ages of 4 to 16 and their dedicated caretakers. The home is totally dependent on donations to allow it to function. Please take a look at the Villa Infantil Website for more information.

Tepehua Community Center Scholarship Program

Tepehua Centro Comunitario is committed to providing assistance to families in the Tepehua community of Chapala, one of the poorest in all of Jalisco. This organization offers support through education, counseling, nutrition, and health with the hope of bringing back independence and self-respect to the people of the village.


The Center’s slogan is “Helping a village to help itself”, the ultimate goal is to turn management and management over to the people of Tepehua. Learn more at the Tepehua Community Website for more information.