Centro de Integracion para Drogadictos y Alcohólicos A.C.

Part of our work, all of our passion!


I recently informed you of the sudden death of my wife Cherilyn Martin. Cherilyn was co-founder of our mission outreach and the reorganization of our church and her passing will be greatly felt. She was my wife, my friend and my partner…the one I told my secrets to and the one I relied on to help keep our work in Mexico moving forward. Our work was her life and her love.

Some have asked and many are wondering what will happen to the church and mission outreach? The answer is simple. With the help of members of the church and our faithful mission partners, the church and mission outreach will continue to thrive. I will remain in Mexico and keep our commitments to our congregation, Thursday Evening Women's Group and mission partners…Cherilyn would not want it any other way.

Cherilyn found her niche in Mexico. The church, women and mission outreach proved to be the missing piece of the puzzle in her life. She loved her life here, her friends and her work. The compassion she felt for those less fortunate was, at times, overwhelming. I was always amazed at her sincerely giving and caring nature.

Since her death, I have struggled with a way to honor her memory, a way that would adequately represent a memorial to her great work and her passion. Recently, a member of our church made a suggestion that was exactly what I was searching for, something that Cherilyn would approve of. The solution is new construction that would benefit the women that she felt such great compassion for, the ladies that undergo treatment at CIDA.

CIDA is the Centro de Integracion para Drogadictos y Alcohólicos in Leona Vicario, Mexico (about 23 miles west of Cancun). In plain English, CIDA is a rehabilitation center for drug addicts, alcoholics and prostitutes. At present, there are 98 men and 19 women.

We have been working with CIDA for approximately a year and are their primary benefactor. We supply CIDA with clothing, medicine, food, cleaning supplies, shampoo, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, laundry detergent, Christian counseling and other necessities on a weekly basis. We work directly with Pedro Leal, the Director of the facility and Dr. Alphonso Franco, the medical doctor that attends to the residents of the facility.

CIDA is not a pleasant place to visit but the rehabilitation they provide is Christian based and their success rate is five times the average when compared to other facilities in Mexico. CIDA is privately operated and receives no government funding. While there is nothing pretty about CIDA's facility, the women's dormitory is in the worst condition.

It is our desire to construct a new living facility for the women…the CHERILYN MARTIN WOMEN'S DORMITORY. Besides being totally new construction, the dormitory will contain room for 24 women and offer 4 showers, 4 commodes, 4 sinks, windows (the current dormitory has no windows) and ceiling fans. Our contractor is currently working on the plans for the new facility and we hope that construction can begin in the very near future.

If you would like to be part of our memorial to Cherilyn, your financial help will be greatly appreciated. As always, thank you for your consideration and continued support. Tom Martin, Co-founder, Cancun Fellowship Church and Cancun Christian Fellowship.

For financial gifts through PayPal, our PayPal address is tom@cdymexico.com.

No PayPal account?
To give by check, please contact Tom Martin at 713-529-8078 / 998-121-1316 or email: tommartinmx@gmail.com.
We will be happy to furnish deposit instructions.

Matthew 25:40
"And the king will answer them, 'I tell you the truth, just as you did it for one of the least of these brothers or sisters of mine, you did it for me.'"