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Selfless custodian victim of budget shortfalls

July 13, 2009
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BERKELEY, CA — A 26-year veteran custodian at the Church Divinity School of the Pacific (CDSP), who was one of 50 individuals to receive an award from the Dalai Lama in 2001 for his compassionate work, was recently laid off two years away from his retirement, according to the San Francisco Bay Area Independent.
Hector Mira, who runs a program supporting El Salvadoran youth and orphans that includes vocational training in computer technology and tailoring, was the victim of budget shortfalls, the story stated.
Each year, Mira returns to El Salvador and distributes nearly 1,000 baskets of food to elderly adults and 1,000 toys to children, the story noted.
Mira said: "You cannot carry your Bible under your arm. You must carry it in your heart. I am not sure I will be able to go back to El Salvador and continue the programs to help those in need without this salary."
According to the story, many people that knew Mira have campaigned to have his job reinstated, but to no avail.
CDSP alumni Justin Cannon said: "I really hope we can find someone to hire or support Hector and his ministry. Honestly, I’m not sure I’d be lying if I posted a Craigslist ad for Hector with the title ''Saint for Hire.'' I just don’t think people would take it seriously."
Mira''s supporters hope to organize an event for the community to honor his 26 dedicated years at CDSP, the story added.
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