El Paso, Texas
Constructed after a revolt in 1680, Socorro’s original Mission was rebuilt twice following devastating floods. Dedicated in 1843, the current Socorro Mission is beloved for its traditional adobe craftsmanship and monumental proportions, which resonate cultural heritage. Field staff and volunteers, including “Welfare-to-Work” adult trainees, clients with local court systems, and K. E. Y. S. Academy students, made an extraordinary output of effort and teamwork to restore the mission. They made approximately 22,000 new sun-dried bricks to replace deteriorated adobe, repaired the bell tower, and many interior details. A National Park Service Save America's Treasure's grant helped to fund the rehabilitation work.
Photo: Socorro Mission glows in the Texas sunshine