Taking Care of the Widows

Brian SchlottmannEvent Photos, News, Puerto Rico, Social Missions


On October 29, the colleagues served Doña Elba, or “Mami” as the group fondly refers to her. Mami is the mother of Abante’s co-founder and administrator, Beba Schlottmann. Every year, when Abante International comes to the island, Mami has been instrumental in assisting through meals, prayer, and providing opportunities for the teams to visit the sick and the elderly. Her passion is hospitality and visiting the sick.

Doña Elba lost her husband, Jose Luis two years ago, and still continues his legacy of visiting the sick and helping the needy of the community. She is a true servant leader, and a role model for the team and for those who know her well.

The colleagues served by cleaning her yard, and prepping the gate of her house for painting. It was a special day because it was also Mami’s 76th birthday. A few days prior to the workday at Mami’s house, she had undergone an oral surgery and was not able to eat solids. For that reason, the team treated her to a frozen yogurt birthday outing, which she enjoyed thoroughly. Happy birthday Doña Elba!

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