“The show is a perfect conclusion. It’s such a treat to see how much fun is being had, how many of the children are opening up in various ways, with themselves, with us, with each other.”
-Luther Bangert, performing artist
CWB – USA clowns performed for the residents of St. PJ’s, and facilitated eight days of physical theater workshops for 125 children. The workshop training culminated in a St. PJ’s children’s performance: a playful “Big Show Day” for the residents, faculty, staff, and administration of St. PJ’s.
The clowns also performed at shelters and venues for vulnerable communities in and around San Antonio. This included The Children’s Shelter, SW Key Casa Blanca Shelter, a women’s shelter (name excluded for reasons of safety and privacy), and Vineyard Ranch Elementary School.
St. Peter-St. Joseph Children’s Home, also known as, St. PJ’s, is a social service agency operating under the Archdiocese of San Antonio as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit. It houses children who are victims of abuse and neglect. Additionally, St. PJ’s International Program is a government-funded, Health and Human Services approved facility, caring for a large number of unaccompanied migrant minors. These children have crossed the southern border of the United States fleeing unspeakable violence in Central America. They reside at St. PJ’s while awaiting their court dates, deportation proceedings, or entrance into the foster care system.
Marisol Rosa Shapiro, Sayda Trujillo and Luther Bangert employed their clowning and circus skills to bring laughter and smiles to the children living at St. PJ’s.
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