September 19, 2019—On Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, employees of Petra Oil Company headed south to Lapão, Brazil to attend the grand opening of Hope House, a children's home built specifically to offer hope to youth whose home lives have been affected by abandonment, family abuse, alcohol or drug use.
Twelve months earlier, the company made a commitment to help build the facility so disadvantaged children could experience an optimistic future.
"At the forefront of everything we do at Petra is the desire to not just build a successful business, but to make an impact in the lives of others," says Arnold Gacita, President and CEO of Petra Oil. "Children have always held a special place in our hearts, especially those that have been abandoned and left to fend for themselves. Scripture tells us to care of orphans. With Hope House, we had an incredible opportunity to do just that."
To help raise funds, Petra Oil reached out to customers and vendors for added support.
"We are so appreciative and thankful for customers and vendors who have supported this initiative," says Gacita. "It's their generous contributions that have made the construction of Hope House possible."
Petra Oil is thankful to have joined forces with Giving Hope on this project.
"There is still so much to be done. When you go there you realize that, no matter how much you've accomplished, its small compared to the need," says Gacita. In addition to funds contributed and raised, Petra Oil also committed to partnering again with Giving Hope and Aquaviva to help build a water well in one of most rural villages visited. "Part of this trip is not just the financial aid side, but also to provide emotional support, a human touch," says Gacita. "As a group, with our partners, we are simply honored to be making a difference."
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