May 2017

Happy Spring Everyone! Lots of good news to share this month.  As part of our continuing outreach activities,  AFPVO Board members met with two Counselors at the Romanian Embassy and had very productive discussions with them about possible avenues for collaboration and suggestions for various Romanian-American organizations to contact about working with AFPVO in the […]

March 2017 News

Just a quick update.  The Board thanks two new donors — Donnie & Susan for their very generous donation (which triggered a 2 for 1$ match from the AFPVO Board) and a smaller donation from a student at SSSAS which also triggered the 2 for 1$ match.  We also received an additional (and very welcome) […]

February 2017 News

Happy February to All! We are enjoying springtime temperatures in Washington, D.C. on this President’s Day.  Crossing our fingers that a late season storm doesn’t destroy all our budding spring flowers. We would like to thank  Fr. David Subu, the Parish Council, and the parishioners of St. Mary’s Orthodox Church in Falls Church, VA for […]

Dec 27, 2016

Wishing Everyone a Happy New Year — Peace, Health, and Prosperity in 2017! Our last plea for contributions in 2016.  Please join Leigh, Dennis, Melissa, Mary Ann, Robert, Liliana, Steve, Amy, Linda, Mitch, Barbara, and Harry (our Christmas and Hanukkah angels) in sharing the gifts of the season with the 500+ residents of  the Pro […]

Dec19, 2016

Our mailboxes are filled with end of the year appeals from multiple charities; our public radio stations barrage us with pleas to become a sustaining donor and receive yet one more water bottle or tote bag in return.  I’m almost embarrassed to add AFPVO’s voice to the cacaphony, but beg I must! The Pro Vita community continues to grow and […]

November 2016 – Giving Tuesday

Happy Thanksgiving Weekend to all our Pro Vita supporters! We hope you enjoyed a peaceful meal with family and friends on Thursday and were successful in your Black Friday pursuits.  As an antidote to politics, shopping and leftover pumpkin pie, this Tuesday is designated as Giving Tuesday, an opportunity to start the official holiday frenzy with a donation […]

October 2016 Newsletter

Great News!! The Teen House aka Social Center in Valenii de Munte is finally finished and occupied.  Despite construction delays, bad weather, and bureaucratic snafus, the teenage girls and five housemothers (working shifts) have moved into the beautiful new residence only one mile from the high school.  The Tanases have taken a “shakedown cruise” approach […]

June Newsletter #3

For anyone who is getting the AFPVO Newsletters for the first time — you can read the earlier ones at This is probably my last update on our recent trip to Pro Vita.  We do want to share some of the data on the large (500+ and growing) community that has evolved.  In addition to […]

July 2016 Newsletter

July 2016 — BUILDING AN ECONOMIC TRAMPOLINE 2016-2017 Focus – funding the expansion of the sewing social enterprise and the initiation of a metal fabrication enterprise.  Both enterprises will provide adult women and older teenagers an “Economic Trampoline” to vault toward economic independence, learn marketable skills, be employee-owners of the enterprise, and master the challenges of owning and […]

June Newsletter #2

This is the second of several Newsletters resulting from our recent visit to Pro Vita.  We were resident in the Valea Screzii community during a very busy period. Two days after we arrived, 60 doctors and dentists from the Bucharest area arrived for a one-day clinic, examining and treating children and adults for many hours […]