On Saturday, March 24th
as 20,000+ Aggies were serving the Bryan/College Station community, our class from the Texas A&M University School of Law-San Antonio Center served locally through Blueprint Ministries, a non-profit organization in heart of urban San Antonio.
Blueprint Ministries provides servant leadership training for youth and adults while restoring homes for elderly, disabled, and low income residents. Layton Kauffman, Community Construction Director of Blueprint Ministries said that San Antonio has the largest gap in income between zip codes in the United States and ranks 3rd
for substandard housing. Their waitlist has hundreds of families on it and they rely mostly on volunteers to complete the work on these homes to make them “safer, dryer, and warmer.”
Our invited guest speaker was George Chumillo ‘98, Attorney at Law specializing in Immigration and Personal Injury. George spoke about his Aggie experience motivated him to give back professionally. After speaking to our group George was heading to the 22nd
Annual César E. Chávez March for Justice with the San Antonio Justice for our Neighbors organization, of which he serves as Vice Chairman. George congratulated the group on their admittance into the graduate program and spoke about how sometimes you need to wear different hats to serve.
After singing the Spirit of Aggieland and the Aggie War Hymn, the group was off to paint the exterior of a home for an elderly woman on the West side of San Antonio. A middle school group had been there the week before but had not finished the painting. Our group took a break for lunch (thank you to Professor Mark Burge for lunch, and the School of Law for our shirts!) and wrapped up activities with a blessing of the home and family.
The Big Event in College Station gave us Former Students the idea to introduce our core value of selfless service to our new Aggies in our class. We had a great time serving together and while doing so, we were able to learn more about our classmates. Thank you to all who made this event a great success!
Mario is a Master of Jursiprudence student at the Texas A&M Law School - San Antonio Center