Build Homes in Guatemala This Advent

A life-changing gift for families living in poverty

Dirt floor barns. Wood and tin shacks. Mud brick shanties. No child of God should ever have to grow up in these conditions. Tragically, this is the reality families face in Guatemala’s Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima, where one in four people earn less than $3.20 per day.

More than 2,000 years after Christ’s humble birth, Guatemalan families pray for the blessing of a safe place to sleep.

This Advent, Cross Catholic Outreach is partnering with Father Raúl Monterroso in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima to build safe, concrete block homes for 80 impoverished families.

We invite you to join us in this mission. Mobilize your parish with our free resources to bless and restore hope for families in Guatemala.

Subsistence farmers in Santa Rosa are dependent on rain for their crops — but rain also turns their flimsy houses into muddy, moldy messes.

A Desperate Need for Safe Homes

Crushing poverty in Santa Rosa

One in four people in Guatemala earn less than $3.20 per day. Heartbreakingly, the tiny shacks children grow up in often perpetuate poverty.

Whenever it rains in Santa Rosa, dirt floors turn to mud and beds are soaked. Unsanitary conditions cause frequent illnesses, and parents are unable to work at full capacity. So families stay sick, exhausted and trapped in poverty.

Families in Santa Rosa are barely hanging on — but you can bless them and restore hope.

Impact of a Safe Home

The Maroquin family’s transformation

A woman stands outside a dilapidated home.


Julio, Umbelina and their children live in wood and tin shack with walls so weak that dogs climb in to eat their food. Julio works as a day laborer.

A woman and a young child outside a concrete block home.

Early 2017:

Their family is blessed with a safe home by Cross Catholic Outreach.

Late 2017:

They serve as lay Eucharistic ministers and lead home Bible studies. Julio’s dignity is renewed after taking a higher-income meter reader job.


They’re fostering a teenager who attends Catholic school and embraces the faith. The family is thriving!

Build strong homes in Guatemala — and an even stronger foundation in Christ!

Our Plan for Safe Housing in Santa Rosa

Restoring dignity and hope

Lifting poor families out of poverty requires a wise strategy – one that also fosters community cooperation. Each family will help with the homebuilding process to the extent they are able, working alongside a professional construction crew. Through this hands-on process, family members will develop a sense of pride in their home. They will also learn that God cares about their needs, and he wants to bless them both materially and spiritually.

Project Details

TOTAL HOMES: 80 new homes

BENEFICIARIES/COMMUNITIES: 569 people in 3 villages (La 46, La Candelaria and La Concepcion)

COST: $6,034 per home

FEATURES: Electrical wiring, clean air stove, washbasin, latrine, secure doors and windows, galvanized steel roof, concrete walls and floor

Fr. Raúl has dedicated his life to blessing families in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima. He needs your help to build homes for 80 families in desperate need.

Meet Our Partner

Father Raúl Monterroso and the Caritas ministry

Father Raúl and his incredible Caritas ministry are eager to build concrete block homes for the poorest families in the diocese. Cross Catholic Outreach has worked alongside Fr. Raúl since 2014 to combat the root causes of poverty through multiple outreaches.

A boy holds a bowl of nutritious food.

Santa Rosa’s most vulnerable families receive food staples to prepare nutritious meals. During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Raúl coordinated the distribution of 3,500 food hampers to hungry families in 21 parishes.

Cross Catholic Outreach provides 82 of the most impoverished children with tuition, uniforms, school supplies, daily lunch and transportation to school. A new secondary school is slated to open soon.

Cross Catholic Outreach has supported water projects in the diocese since 2015. These efforts have provided piped water systems, giving hundreds of families access to clean, refreshing water.

Cross Catholic Outreach sponsors the diocese’s efforts to train and equip the poor to support themselves and feed their families. We’ve provided training and supplies to help hundreds of families grow corn and citrus trees.

Stand with the Church and bless needy families in Christ’s name!

Free Advent Resources

For Families & Catechists

Advent Activity Guide for
Children and Families

New Homes Will Transform Lives This Advent

Carry out God’s work in Santa Rosa and welcome families home.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2022, the close of our ministry’s fiscal year. In the event that more funds are raised than needed to fully fund the project, the excess funds, if any, will be used to meet the most urgent needs of the ministry.