History of Rancho Del Niño San Humberto Casa
Hogar in Empalme, Sonora México
In the late 1960's Rancho Del
Niño’s San Humberto was founded by Father Roy, a priest from Canada.
In the late 1970's Father Roy, (because of other interests in
South America) left, and Bishop Jerome Hastrich of Gallup, New Mexico became the Administrator of the Rancho.
Bishop Hastrich sent David (an ex-seminarian) and Irma Gonzalez to take care of the Rancho.
David & Irma gave many years to San Humberto, and
cared for a ton of kids all by themselves with no help.
In 1986 David Pacheco from Penasco, New Mexico, (where a group had been involved with helping Bishop Hastrich
with feeding the kids), moved to St. Edwin's Parish In Albuquerque.
David invited some of the members from St. Edwin's parish to go with them to the rancho in
Alex Salazar, John
Gomez, Jesse Crespin, Archie Montoya & Fidel Garcia made the pilgrimage with Bishop Hastrich. Shortly after that, Bishop
Hastrich took sick and he asked John Gomez, Mike Montoya, Alex Salazar, and Freddie Martinez (All from Albuquerque, New Mexico)
if they would take care of the Orphanage after he died. They all answered yes When they returned to Albuquerque Fr. Frank
Prieto, pastor of St. Edwin's parish, decided that St. Edwin's would adopt the Orphanage.
In July of 1987 The Parish of St Edwin s, in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Gallup Registered with the
state of New Mexico under the name Rancho Del Nino. After a while everybody from San Humberto Casa Hogar in Empalme, Sonora,
Mexico started calling us Amigos Del Rancho Del Nino.
St. Edwin's parish began operating a bingo to support the Orphanage in conjunction with the Archdiocese of Gallup
In 1993 the Archdiocese decided
that the church would no longer hold any more fund-raiser bingo.
August 26 of 1993 our group
incorporated under the name friends of Rancho De Niño’s (a nonprofit Corporation)In 1995 Bishop Hastrich passed away November 16 1995 we applied
for recognition of exemption under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code
Mike G. Montoya (The Incorporator) is the initial registered
agent for Friends of Rancho De Niño’s Inc.
First board of directors were Mike Montoya, Alex Salazar, Isabella Cortez, Helen Salazar, and John Gomez
All along FORDN has been holding fund-raiser bingo. In
May of 2009 we were forced to close our bingo doors because of the down turn in the economy. We are now and have been
since 2003 holding a yearly Valentine’s day dinner/dance, yard sales, and other raffles to keep us afloat.
We depend on some very generous donations
from friends in different parts of the U.S.Our
group is made up of 40 volunteers and have no paid employees.