Self Portrait. About Andy Castillo.

Self Portrait. 2016.

About Andy Christian Castillo

Andy is a newspaper reporter at The Recorder, covering southern Franklin County. He’s also in  Bay Path University’s creative nonfiction MFA program. Part time, he’s a staff writer at GoNOMAD Travel.
In the past, he’s worked as a caricaturist at Six Flags New England; an Air Force firefighter; television news producer and cameraman at WWLP 22News; EMT in downtown Springfield; and Boston nightlife photographer.
He has a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, and an associates in fire science from the Community College of the Air Force.
When he’s not writing, Andy enjoys powerlifting; writing; travel; local craft brews; urban exploring; and running through the rain.
On a more personal level, Andy is one of eight boys. All were homeschooled from kindergarten through high school in small blue house around a corner in Northampton.

El Rancho Del Rey

El Rancho Del Rey, which is translated as “The House of the King,” is a home for street kids in Monterrey, Mexico. I’ve been there a few times. A piece of my heart is still there.
The boys who stay at the Ranch come from from difficult home-life situations, and are desperately in need of caring attention. They find love at the Ranch, given by dedicated staff members, and are provided a safe, nurturing place to grow up.
While there, they have a chance to get a good education.
The Ranch has impacted millions of people over the years. Recently, a graduate of the home ran for president of Mexico.
I include this brief introduction to the Ranch because it’s an incredibly good ministry, which is always close to my heart.
For those looking for a place to volunteer or give to, I suggest reaching out to El Rancho Del Rey.
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