The International Order of Alhambra is a fraternal organization of Catholic men and women, age 18 years and older, dedicated to assisting intellectually disabled persons through charitable programs and projects.

Our Mission
  • Provide assistance, education and residences for intellectually disabled persons.
  • Perpetuate Catholic heritage and the glorious moments in the history of religion and culture among Catholics in North America by identifying, marking, preserving and commemorating Catholic historical places, events and persons of international importance.
  • Promote fraternalism, sociability and community among its members and their families.

Our Charity
  • Helping to pay for summer camp for those unable to underwrite;
  • Paying for repairs to summer camps;
  • Providing, up to $1,000, scholarships for individuals who go into teaching programs, or any program that work with, as our Order says, “God’s Special People.”
  • Providing ongoing support to Alhambra Houses around the country and their residential programs that offer home-like environments for intellectually disabled.
  • Organizing picnics and pizza parties as long as the endeavor is for “God’s Special People”.
  • Celebrating the order’s founding with a Founders Day Mass and brunch, honoring our deceased members with a Memorial Day Mass followed by a brunch.
  • Sponsoring the NEMO swim team.
  • Supporting such activities as local school programs, hospitals and Special Olympics, including indoor basketball, food preparation and service, outdoor track and field, CLASP dance, bus service for Special Olympics to annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Ocean View, provide uniforms and equipment for Special Olympics baseball team.
Alhambra is a family-oriented, fraternal organization that encourages the whole family to participate in our charitable activities. We include our local parishes involvement whenever possible. Fraternalism, sociability and community are the backbone of the International Order of Alhambra, local Caravan #69. It’s these characteristics that allow our members to experience fellowship and joy while raising funds to achieve the Order’s goals and objectives by assisting persons with intellectual disabilities.

Since 2003, Padul #69 has donated over $159,000 to local organizations that help and support intellectually disabled children and adults. Many organizations in the Hampton Roads area have benefited from the work Padul #69 does. Over the past 14 years, $98,000 was donated to St. Mary's Home. Special Olympics has received $22,000 to help support basketball, track and field as well as swimming. In addition, Equikids Virginia Beach, which provides horse back riding for intellectually disabled children received $1,750 in support of their program.

The involvement in the Hampton Roads area continues. To date $6,500 has been donated to help Hearts and Homes/BizNet build a home for 26 intellectually disabled adults in Virginia Beach. Also Padul #69 has donated $3,000 to Eggleston Services. In addition Padul #69 has also provided food, music and $4,100 for the CLASP dance, allowing young intellectually disabled adults to enjoy a fun evening out.

Heaven's Very Special Child

A meeting was held quite far from earth,
it's time again for another birth,
said the Angels to the Lord Above,
This special child will need much love.
Their progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishments they may not show,
And will require extra care
from the folks he meets down there.

They may not run, or laugh or play,
their thoughts may seem quite far away,
In many ways they won't adapt, and they will
be known as "handicapped".
So let's be careful where their sent,
We want his life to be content.
Please Lord, find the parents who,
Will do a special job for you.

They will not realize right away,
The leading role they're asked to play.
But with this child sent from above,
Comes stronger faith, and richer love.
And soon they'll know the privilege given
In caring for this gift from heaven,
Their precious charge so meek and mild
Is Heaven's Very Special Child.