Every child should grow up with a family.
Welcome to Giovanna's House.
Uriel and Emily Astacio
Uriel and Emily have been working at Josiah’s House since 2015 as parents in Giovanna’s House. They have two biological children Nathanael and Abigail. Uriel and Emily have recently become the Directors of families here at Josiah's House. They meet with and help the parents and children with anything they might be dealing with. They love being used by God to care for and pour into these girls by modeling what a family and marriage is like under God’s plan.
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Mercedes is 11 years old. She is full of joy and loves to have fun. Mercedes loves to play and spend time with her sisters at Giovanna's House. She has a servant’s heart and loves to work with others in serving. Mercy also has many talents.
Esthenia (Esther) is 9 years old. She is a very energetic and outgoing girl, and very loving and affectionate with others. It is almost impossible not to fall in love with her charm. She likes to share and talk with her sisters, and in her spare time, she likes to play with her dolls and paint.
Cristalina is 13 years old and is a very quiet and polite girl. She loves school and always has outstanding grades. She is very talented and loves to create art like making jewelry and painting.
Yubelkis is 15 years old. She is the oldest of 4 children, 3 of whom came to Josiah’s House after their mother became ill, and passed away. Yubelkis took care of her siblings when her mother was ill, this was a huge responsibility and she did a wonderful job. Yubelkis is a bit shy, but she has a beautiful smile and tender heart. We are so thankful for the opportunity to have her at Josiah’s House and that we get to be a part of the process of healing her heart, to let her be a child, and to be able to keep these children together.
Melissa is 12 years old, and is the middle child of three siblings that came to Josiah’s House after their mother passed. She is a very happy and affectionate girl, Melissa has a beautiful voice and she loves to sing, she gave her life to Christ after coming to Josiah 's House! One day with tears in her eyes she confessed that she did not want to be the same as before, that she needed Jesus in her heart. God is working greatly in her life.
Luisa is 15 years old, full of enthusiasm, joy and she has a contagious smile. She is very responsible and loves to serve. She loves her family at Giovanna’s House and enjoys helping to take care of her younger siblings. Luisa aspires to be a lawyer after she graduates college.