Posted: Jul 13, 2012 3:51 PM
Updated: Aug 16, 2012 8:11 AM
TUCSON - A new volunteer center opened Friday in honor of Isabel Celis. The 6-year-old was reported missing from her east side home April 21st. During that time there have been thousands of tips reported to Tucson Police.
The volunteer headquarters is located the Christian Faith Fellowship church on Broadway Boulevard just east of Craycroft Road. Pastor David Dahlberg said he's donating the space because it's visible and he hopes the location will help focus attention on Isa. "Life is very busy," he said. "I'm aware of that. And we go on with life and we can forget but nothing has changed for the family or for her."
The center is packed full of flyers, buttons and other mementos with Isa's name or picture. Volunteers are welcome to pick up items to distribute throughout the community.
Isa's mother, Becky Celis, visited the church Friday morning. "We're still praying that she's out there and that she's coming home," she said. "My whole family still has lots of confidence that she'll be back soon."
Isabel has been missing for more than 80 days. "The prayers will bring her home," Becky said, "I keep thinking maybe it's not the police. Maybe it's some little angel out there that's going to say, you know what I saw Isa and that right one is going to bring her home."
Nine-year-old Giovanni Danella has volunteered since Isa went missing and is hopeful she'll be found safe soon. "I just want to get the word out there and hopefully we'll find her soon and if we can't find her soon then everybody will be really disappointed."
In the meantime, Becky has her own plea, "just bring my baby girl back home. Isabel, we're still looking for you, we miss you so much and we want you home."
A prayer vigil for Isa will be held at Christian Faith Fellowship on Friday, July 27th at 7 p.m.
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