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We are a community of dreamers, doers, justice-seekers, advocates, helpers, and teachers with a deep-rooted love for Jesus Christ.

Together, we are committed to caring for the widow and the orphan in our midst. Six years of living from one crisis to the next inside the walls of a Guatemalan orphanage taught us a lot of things but this one thing stuck: orphan care is terribly complicated. No matter how hard we worked to improve our facilities, better our food and quality of care, or create a family environment, it felt like we were running in circles. We were putting band-aids on an issue that needs open heart surgery. In our transition towards family-based care, we are no longer focused on short-term fixes but rather long-term transformative solutions.

At Story International, we are committed to embracing the complexity of the task at hand and fighting for the only thing that will ultimately end the orphan crisis: family.

We strive to preserve and strengthen families and communities in an effort to prevent family separation at all costs. While safe and loving family-care is the goal, we also recognize short-term residential care as part of the continuum of care so long as it is small-scale, transitional, and temporary. We provide respite residential care while we simultaneously work to reunify biological and extended families. We are in the process of expanding our services to foster and adoptive families as well. By supporting families and engaging the local church to be part of the solution, we’re writing better stories: stories of the transformative power of the Gospel. Stories of togetherness, restoration, triumph, grace, and new beginnings. Jesus stories.

 

 
 
 

Our Mission.

Story International seeks to empower and equip Guatemala’s most vulnerable through the love and knowledge of Jesus Christ.

 

our vision.

We serve the vulnerable of Guatemala so that we may one day see the restoration of family structures and the cycles of generational poverty broken. We strive to see fewer kids institutionalized and more kids cared for in the context of family.  We seek to empower communities and engage the local church as a new generation of Guatemalans rises up to lead their communities with unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

 

 

 
 

Values.

We are for Jesus.

We are for family.

We are for dignity.

We are for education.

We are for Guatemala.

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Programs

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Our Team.

office staff

 
Alycia Pinizzotto Executive Director

Alycia Pinizzotto
Executive Director

Dilma Palacios Administrator

Dilma Palacios
Administrator

Youscella Hernandez Head of Social Work

Youscella Hernandez
Head of Social Work

Karen Hernandez Head of Psychology

Karen Hernandez
Head of Psychology

Greg Pinizzotto Director of Ministry + Discipleship

Greg Pinizzotto
Director of Ministry + Discipleship

Levi Bareither Advocacy + Development Coordinator

Levi Bareither
Advocacy + Development Coordinator

Melanie Chandler Director of Development

Melanie Chandler
Director of Development

Zoila Toledo Psychologist, Family Services

Zoila Toledo
Psychologist, Family Services

Fernanda Castillo Social Worker, Family Services

Fernanda Castillo
Social Worker, Family Services

Gustavo Martinez Support Staff

Gustavo Martinez
Support Staff

Nicole Puglisi Youth Ministry Coordinator

Nicole Puglisi
Youth Ministry Coordinator

Rosa Rios Community Outreach

Rosa Rios
Community Outreach

Malincy Hernandez Secretary

Malincy Hernandez
Secretary

 
 
 

School of Hope English Academy staff

Amanda Vicente 1st + 2nd

Amanda Vicente
1st + 2nd

 
 
 
 

Refuge 91 Staff

Rony Merida Program Director

Rony Merida
Program Director

Agusto Gutierrez Caretaker

Agusto Gutierrez
Caretaker

Marta Morales Social Worker

Marta Morales
Social Worker

Joselino Guevara Caretaker

Joselino Guevara
Caretaker

Obdulia Herrera Caretaker

Obdulia Herrera
Caretaker

Norma Garcia Caretaker

Norma Garcia
Caretaker

Dilsa Hernandez Caretaker

Dilsa Hernandez
Caretaker

Helen Mendez Caretaker

Helen Mendez
Caretaker

 

Fuego Coffee House Staff

 

board members

our partners.