Vallarta Living | Community Services
|Pasitos de Luz @ Casa Connor
Working with Love
Mothers United for the Rehabilitation of their Children A.C., a non-profit association started in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, would like to pull your attention towards our altruist cause.
|For more information, to arrange a visit to Pasitos de Luz or to become a volunteer, please contact Chris Jacobs at (322) 182-7090 or (322) 137-1890, email info(at)pasitosdeluz.org, or visit PasitosDeLuz.org.
We are Pasitos de Luz ('Little Steps of Light'), an organization founded by the mothers of disabled children, to achieve their rehabilitation while taking care of their basic necessities, which are difficult to meet due to physical and intellectual disabilities, as well as extreme poverty. All of these children, without exception, have disabilities such as Cerebral Palsy, Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Conditions, Microcephaly and Blindness to name a few.
Pasitos de Luz offers these kids 100% FREE services, including special education, medical specialists, medicine, family support, speech therapy, love, day care, physical therapy, nutrition and wellness, paint and music workshops, recreation and hygiene.
Since Pasitos de Luz does not receive any ongoing financial state or government assistance, we rely entirely on funds from donations and events, as well as the support of volunteers and the provision of professional services by individuals or businesses who wish to help us.
In 2016, we realized one of our dreams and moved into a new home, Casa Connor. Casa Connor is in the State of Nayarit, on donated land close to San Vicente, which is located is just north of Puerto Vallarta.
Thanks to the generosity of a Mexican family who donated land and many, many generous donors and volunteers, after 5 years of construction a new 20,000 square foot (1,800 square meters) facility, Casa Connor, was completed in late 2016.
We can now offer more therapies and support more children! However, this also means more fundraising and ongoing financial support.
Will you be part of our new chapter in Casa Connor? We are always looking for new volunteers, supporters and partners. We extend a personal invitation to you, to meet us and the children in person, to understand more about our work here, our mission and vision for Pasitos de Luz.
Be an angel for Pasitos de Luz and spread the word.
Yolanda Sánchez SantiagoDirector/Founder
Pasitos de Luz is located near San Vicente, Nayarit, a short hop from Mezcales. For more information, to arrange a visit to Pasitos de Luz or to become a volunteer, please contact Chris Jacobs at (322) 182-7090 or (322) 137-1890, email info(at)pasitosdeluz.org, or visit PasitosDeLuz.org.
Mamas Unidas por la Rehabilitación de sus Hijos A.C. (Pasitos de Luz) is a Civil Association registered with IJAS (Instituto Jalisciense de Asistencia Social) and Hacienda, with authorization from Diario Oficial de la Federación to charitable receive donations and issue official receipts.
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25 Pasitos de Luz Kids Had a Blast Surfing with Nixon
On March 14, Pasitos de Luz partnered with Arizona-Based charity Surfing With Nixon, to launch Mexico's first-ever surf day for children with disabilities. Riviera Nayarit is world-renowned for its surfing spots, so it was the natural choice for 25 kids to ride the waves.
Riverfest 8 Raises $522,532 Pesos for Pasitos de Luz
The 8th Annual Riverfest fundraiser for Pasitos de Luz was an overwhelming success! This two-day charity event garnered a record-breaking $522,532 pesos for the 130 special needs children who receive care at the Pasitos de Luz @ Casa Connor day care center in Puerto Vallarta.
2019 Puerto Vallarta Riverfest Weekend a Huge Success!
The March 2 and 3, 2019 Puerto Vallarta Riverfest Weekend is one that will be fondly remembered by the 1,085 people who came out to El Rio BBQ Bar to enjoy music, food and fun in support of Pasitos de Luz at Casa Connor, a center for children with disabilities.
Pasitos de Luz Kids will be Surfing with Nixon March 14
Pasitos de Luz has partnered with Arizona-Based charity, Surfing With Nixon, to launch Mexico's first-ever surf day for children with disabilities. Everyone is invited to come out to Beach #1 in Nuevo Vallarta on March 14 from 10 am to 2 pm to watch the kids learn to surf.
Riverfest 8 Vallarta Music Festival March 2-3, 2019
The 8th Annual Riverfest to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta will be held at El Rio BBQ on March 2 & 3, 2019. Make plans now to come enjoy live music from some of Banderas Bay's best musicians, along with fabulous food and fun - all for a good cause!
Dec. 7 'Illumination II' Event to Support Pasitos de Luz
Are you interested in helping Banderas Bay area children with disabilities? Do you enjoy great food, fantastic sunsets, first class entertainment and amazing art? If so, make plans now to attend the Second Annual Pasitos de Luz Illumination Dinner on Friday, December 7, 2018 at Casa Karma.
Art Donations Needed for 2018 Pasitos de Luz Fundraiser
Given the success of last year's Illumination Dinner, Show & Art Auction, Pasitos de Luz volunteers are currently looking for donations of artwork to be auctioned off at the 2018 fundraiser. All Illumination art auction proceeds will benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta.
June News & Inspirational Stories from Pasitos de Luz
June news and inspirational stories from Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit organization provides children with various handicaps with a caring and loving environment, along with treatment for individual rehabilitation, nutritional meals, physical stimulation and therapy.
Five-Course Gourmet Dinner to Benefit Pasitos de Luz
Yolanda Sánchez Santiago
On Saturday, May 26, Asociación Culinaria Vallartense, a group of talented Mexican chefs, will be cooking up a fabulous five-course gourmet dinner at Barrio Bistro to raise funds for Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit organization founded by mothers of disabled children.
Riverfest 7 Raised $362,640 Pesos for Pasitos de Luz
How do we begin to thank everyone for all of the support that made Riverfest 2018 THE event of the year? It's a huge undertaking and the major fundraiser for Pasitos de Luz. All of you helped us set a new Riverfest record of $362,640 pesos raised for special needs children in Puerto Vallarta.
Riverfest 2018 to Benefit Special Needs Children in PV
Set to take place March 2-4 at El Rio BBQ, Riverfest 7 promises a fantastic weekend of entertainment featuring live bands, fabulous food, silent auctions and more to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit organization founded by mothers of disabled children.
Riverfest 7 to Benefit Pasitos de Luz, March 2-4
El Rio and Pasitos de Luz have announced the 7th Annual Riverfest to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta will be held on March 3, 2018. Come enjoy live music from some of Banderas Bay's best musicians, along with the best BBQ, Paella & Pasta in PV - all for a good cause!
An Evening with Author Rosie Emery at Casa Karma
Georgia Darehshori is happy to announce that two-time Emmy Award winner and author, Rosie Emery, is in Puerto Vallarta and you can meet her at Casa Karma Boutique Resort on January 24 at 7:00 pm. There's no cover - but attendees will be asked to make a donation to Pasitos de Luz.
Fundraising Event Raises $300,000 for Pasitos de Luz
The 'Illumination' dinner, show and art auction at Casa Karma Dec. 8th was a huge success, raising $300,000 pesos for the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta. Thanks go to many who helped make it such a success, including the chefs, musicians, donors, volunteers and attendees.
November 15 Texas Festival Benefits Pasitos de Luz
Banderas News Team
On November 15, Hotel Secrets Vallarta Bay will be throwing a Texas Experience FUNdraiser that includes music, food, and a lot of Texas-size fun to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit that provides free vital services to disabled children living in extreme poverty.
Dec. 8 'Illumination' Event to Support Pasitos de Luz
Are you interested in helping Banderas Bay area children with disabilities? Do you enjoy great food, fantastic sunsets, first class entertainment and amazing art? If so, make plans now to attend the Pasitos de Luz Illumination Dinner on Friday, December 8 at Casa Karma Boutique Hotel.
6th Annual Riverfest Raises $311,438 for Pasitos de Luz
The 6th Annual Riverfest fundraiser for Pasitos de Luz was an overwhelming success, raising a record-breaking $311,438 pesos for the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta. Thanks go to many who helped make it such a success, including the musicians, donors, volunteers and attendees.
Sixth Annual Riverfest to Benefit Pasitos de Luz
The Sixth Annual Riverfest is being held on Saturday, March 4, at El Rio BBQ to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta. If enjoying fabulous food and excellent live music, while supporting a fantastic local charity sounds like a dream come true, this event is for you!
An Afternoon of Fashion, Food & Fun for Pasitos de Luz
From the moment the doors opened at the Pasitos de Luz fashion show, we knew it would be a day to remember. The energy and warmth were amazing. The results came in over the top, with $138,570 pesos collected from attendees and $49,241 pesos from the Pasitos account at Deja New.
CASA Connor to Open in Puerto Vallarta October 20
Created as a living legacy to honor the life of 15-year-old Connor Vanderveen, who died in 2011 of complications related to Hunter Syndrome, CASA Connor will officially open next month in Puerto Vallarta, and begin providing vital care to children with disabilities, free of charge.
You Can Make a Difference in Puerto Vallarta
Pasitos de Luz is a day care for disabled children from low income families in Puerto Vallarta. Anyone who wants to have a rewarding experience with some really beautiful kids is welcome to visit. It doesn't matter how much time you have to spare, even an hour will be of great help.
Pasitos de Luz Launches 'Miracles in Action' Campaign
As summer approaches, many local charities miss the influx of high season and can use extra help. Pasitos de Luz has begun a campaign - Miracles in Action - with a goal of getting 300 people to donate $25 USD per month. This money will help support severely disabled kids in Puerto Vallarta.
Deja New and River Cafe Team Up for Pasitos de Luz
If you can envision yourself sitting with friends in a fabulous venue, watching a great fashion show, enjoying a well-crafted 3 course meal and helping children in Puerto Vallarta, then make plans now to attend the Pasitos de Luz Fashion Show at The River Cafe on January 16, 2016.
Mamas in Puerto Vallarta Host Picnic / Charity Benefit
Pack up your kids and a picnic basket and join Mamas in PV at El Jardin de la Luna on Sunday, May 3rd from 12-6 pm for an afternoon filled with friends and fun at a Picnic to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit that supports children with disabilities.
Fourth Annual Riverfest to Benefit Pasitos de Luz
The 4th Annual Riverfest is being held on Saturday, March 7, at El Rio BBQ to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta. Fancy the chance to unwind, enjoy some excellent live music AND support a fantastic local charity? Well, this is the event for you!
Fashion with Passion at River Cafe on January 17
Deja New is presenting a Fashion Charity Luncheon at The River Café with all proceeds going to Pasitos de Luz, which provides full-time, loving day care, nutrition and therapy to Puerto Vallarta children with acute physical or psychological illnesses at no cost to their families.
Charity Bingo Resumes at Nacho Daddy November 12th
Are you ready for some BINGO? We are delighted to announce that Nacho Daddy Restaurant & Bar in Puerto Vallarta's Zona Romántica is hosting the new season of the ever-popular Charity BINGO in support of two very special local charities: Pasitos de Luz and Colina Spay & Neuter Clinic.
Arrecifes Hosts 5th Annual Vallarta Concierge Festival
On Friday, November 7th at 7 pm, Arrecifes Restaurant in the Puerto Vallarta Westin Resort and Spa will be hosting the 5th Annual Asociación de Concierges Región Pacifico (Pacific Region Concierge Association) 'Festival del Concierge' to benefit two local charities: Pasitos de Luz and Canica.
Mamas in Puerto Vallarta Host Picnic / Charity Benefit
Pack up your picnic basket and join Mamas in PV at El Jardin de la Luna on Saturday, September 27th from 10 am to 2 pm for an action packed morning filled with friends and fun at a Picnic to benefit Pasitos de Luz, a Puerto Vallarta non-profit that supports children with disabilities.
Children's Shelter of Hope Helps Puerto Vallarta Kids
One person can truly make a difference, and when we help children there is a ripple effect that continues for generations to come. Here is the story of one 'retired' ex-pat in Puerto Vallarta and the huge impact her work has had on many children in need here in the Banderas Bay area.
Pasitos de Luz Kids Visit Vallarta Botanical Gardens
As in other cities around the world, Vallarta youth are all too often disconnected from the wild world around them. Canadian Children's Shelter of Hope Foundation is proud to collaborate with the Vallarta Botanical Gardens in environmental and horticultural education for Vallarta's kids.
Riverfest 2014 Promises Good Food and Great Music
El Rio BBQ and Pasitos de Luz have announced the 3rd Annual Riverfest to benefit the special needs children of Puerto Vallarta will be held on Saturday, March 8 from 12-7 pm. Come out and enjoy live music from some of Banderas Bay's best musicians - not to mention Vallarta's best BBQ!