Clowns Without Borders assembled a dynamite team of performers and teaching artists who returned to St. PJ’s Children’s home in San Antonio, Texas. From June 5-21, 2016, Marisol, Sayda, and Luther employed their clowning and circus skills to bring laughter and smiles to the children living at St. PJ’s.
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 that cares for a large number of unaccompanied migrant minors who have crossed the southern border of the United States fleeing unspeakable violence in Central America. These migrant minors reside at St. PJ’s while awaiting their court dates, deportation proceedings, or entrance to the foster care system.
The clowns performed for the residents of St. PJ’s, as well as facilitated eight days of physical theater workshops for 125 children. The workshop training culminated into 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 a variety of other shelters and venues for vulnerable communities in and around San Antonio. This includes 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.
Our team is excited to deepen the relationship that Leah, Olivia, Marisol, and Derrick forged during last spring’s project at St. PJ’s. Please read about the initial project here.