In the last 4 years, The Friends has provided financial support that included:
- The acquisition of a used pick-up truck used to transport food and supplies.
- The purchase of a new industrial-size stove that helps staff to prepare daily meals with less effort.
- The Friends has also purchased Christmas gifts for the children in each of the last 3 years.
Marsh receives no assistance from the Mexican Government, it relies exclusively on continuing donations from a variety of sources. The Home operates with just one paid employee, who does the cooking. Jovita and his son Cesar draw no salary. Wal-Mart, Costco and Bodega Aurrerá each donate surplus food on a regular basis to feed the youngsters.
The facility is managed in part by the children themselves. Each child is assigned chores, which help to build character and also helps to defray the labor expenses.
At Marsh the day begins at 6 a.m., when the children awake. The kids dress themselves, make their beds and clean their rooms before taking breakfast at 7 a.m. At each table in the dining room, one child is designated as captain – and that child is responsible for serving all the children at his table. After breakfast, the youngsters are off to school. Between 3 and 6 pm, a tutor assists the children with homework. Before dinner, each of the children must perform 30 minutes of chores – like setting the dining room table or sweeping the patio. Saturday is playtime and Sunday is church in the morning and sports in the afternoon.
In June 2005, the Friends joined with several other donors to purchase a brand new Mercedes-Benz school bus that can seat 44 children. The bus will transport Marsh’s children to school and church, and to events in downtown Acapulco.
In June 2007, the Friends purchased a new Toyota van for 15 children so they can save money when necessary and use it for some other elemental things like food, education, etc.
Marsh is now undergoing renovation and expansion – thanks to donations from a variety of outside donors, including Richard Irvine, a wealthy patron who has made Marsh the chief focus of his private philanthropy. Originally constructed to house 30 youngsters, in recent years Marsh has doubled in size. The additional dormitory space now being constructed will enable Marsh to expand from 65 to 85 youngsters. The dining room, kitchen and laundry room have all recently been renovated, thanks to outside donations.