Bruce Meyer is Ciudad Nueva’s volunteer Development Committee Chairman. He has a big heart for the growth of Ciudad Nueva and desires to “tell the Ciudad Nueva story to the greater El Paso community.” I (Tessa) wanted to know how he became involved with Ciudad Nueva Community Outreach, so I asked him. Here’s his story:
Since the vision of Ciudad Nueva serves the neighborhood of the downtown church I attend, I can readily see and touch the work of the mission. My wife is a mentor at Launch Pad, and I continually see the smile on her face when I ask her how her day went at Launch Pad. This mentoring program is a blessing to my wife and her assigned kids — I get to see the children smile as we dine with them at church, bake cookies with them at our house, take them to the zoo, or take them to UTEP basketball games. I support Ciudad Nueva with my time, talent and treasure because of its righteous vision and mission.
One of my fondest memories is working with the soccer team. I was a certified soccer referee for five years, and worked high school and club games in El Paso. Sami DiPasquale and David Kaufmann had me come out, so we practiced behind the gymnasium. It was very rewarding to teach the boys the rules along with watching them practice their skills. They tried hard and we had a good time. I haven’t helped in three years, but I would drive them to a couple games with our vans and watch them play — listening to the excited voices in the back seats getting psyched up for the game. A young man, we’ll name him Ricardo, was actually one year too old for the team, but he was really a good player. It was a lot of fun watching him coach the younger players, because he was good, but he came to every practice and every game.
In my heart, I know that God is pleased with the mission and I can bear witness as he continues to bless it. I truly believe that Ciudad Nueva is “empowering youth”, “supporting families”, and “transforming community”.