Celebrate Advent by Sheltering Needy Families

More than 2,000 years ago, the Savior of the world was born in a manger with no safe place to lay his head. Today thousands of Haitian families suffer from similar circumstances. Some are homeless; others live in broken-down shacks with dirt floors and stick-and-mud walls. In the midst of a global pandemic, that poverty has become even more challenging. 

Each Advent, U.S. parishes join Cross Catholic Outreach to bring hope to poor Haitian families by building safe and sturdy housing through our ministry partner Kobonal Haiti Mission. This is a practical way for your parishioners to celebrate the birth of Jesus and bring glory to his name. 

Help homeless Haitian families living in unhealthy conditions find the safety, comfort and hope that a clean, sturdy house can provide.

Our Partner:

Kobonal Haiti Mission

Father Glenn Meaux founded Kobonal Haiti Mission in 1989 to bring the Diocese of Hinche out of poverty and spiritual darkness. As Fr. Meaux shared Christ’s compassion with the poor and needy, a dramatic transformation took place in the hearts and lives of the local villagers.

Cross Catholic Outreach began partnering with the Mission in 2004, and since then our relationship has only flourished.

Each day, the Mission meets the immediate needs of poor families by providing food, shelter, water and medical assistance; however, it also creates self-sufficiency through education, animal husbandry, agriculture and microfinance.  Every program at the mission is grounded in the Catholic faith, meeting the spiritual needs of the people it serves.

Meet the Desperate Need for Safe Housing

Veronique and Lucanier Joseph live in poverty with their seven children. Their family is crammed into a small stick-and-mud hut with a flimsy roof made of rusted metal sheets. “When it rains, forget about it,” Veronique said, describing the rain coming through the holes in the roof and the floor turning into mud. “The house floods.”

Despite these hardships, Veronique doesn’t give up. She prays daily, asking God to send relief. Unfortunately, Veronique’s situation isn’t unusual in Haiti. Thousands of other families need safe shelter, but they don’t have the financial resources to escape the situation.

That’s why we need your help. You can help change Veronique’s story and answer her lifelong cry for relief.

Join Cross Catholic Outreach in providing a safe and sturdy house for a family in need. Your parish’s support will welcome poor families home for Christmas!

What Your Donation Will Fund

A Safe Place to Call Home

Provide a House for Just $8,580

We hope your parish will consider funding the cost of an entire home. A contribution of $8,580 will build a sturdy, four-room concrete house with a solid cement foundation, strong galvanized steel roof, and a small solar panel to provide electricity. Kobonal Haiti Mission will also repair existing houses, and you can sponsor that work at an average cost of $1,402 per house.

Your parish can be a part of this Advent ministry by funding a durable new home for a family in need. Help us empower families to break the generational cycle of poverty for good!

Thanks to the kindness of parishioners across the United States, Yfanil Pierre and his family have a safe place to call home. This is an example of the type of house Kobonal Haiti Mission builds.

Levels of Giving

Six gifts at this level provide one home for a needy family!

Four gifts at this level provide one home for a needy family

Combines with another parish’s gift to provide a home!

Provides a brand-new home for a needy family!

Advent Promotional Tools

To help you engage your parishioners with the great needs of Haitian families, Cross Catholic Outreach can provide these free promo tools:

This piece is designed to fit in your weekly parish bulletin and inspire your parishioners to get involved.

 

The guide helps pastors, teachers and parents lead children through the spiritual journey of Advent while supporting poor families along the way.

The poster is an excellent tool for communicating your mission within the parish and for advertising in your community.

The Homes for Christmas video is a great way to introduce this Advent ministry to your parish.

To receive these free materials, email Tessie O’Dea or call 800-914-2420, ext. 158.

Mission Success Story

When you join Cross Catholic Outreach in this life-transforming Advent project, you will empower one of Haiti’s most hardworking priests — Fr. Meaux. He founded Kobonal Haiti Mission 30 years ago in the Diocese of Hinche, and he continues to selflessly serve and evangelize in the rural community.

Today many of those villagers are now members of his all-Haitian staff, entrusted with showing Christ’s mercy to their neighbors and providing crucial services — such as house construction — that bless so many families. Every program at the mission is infused with the Gospel and prayer, bringing villagers together to hear the Word and receive the Blessed Sacrament.

Meet Miyotte’s Family

Miyotte is exchanging the cycle of poverty for a cycle of generosity that will reap a great harvest of heavenly blessing!

Miyotte Meus and her husband, Joachim, depend on subsistence farming to raise their eight growing children. The hardworking couple expended every effort in order to build a decent life for their children, but they still struggled to earn enough to repair their deteriorating home. The small house, made from rocks and metal sheeting, had holes in its roof, and when the rains came, everything inside would get drenched. The children suffered from fevers, headaches, coughs and sore throats.

Today, with the support of compassionate Catholic parishioners across the U.S., God answered the family’s prayers for help! Through donations to last year’s Advent ministry, the family now lives in a durable concrete home with a sturdy metal roof.

With a safe new house, a sanitary latrine and access to a clean well, the family’s health has improved, and the children are able to focus on completing their education at the Mission’s school. Miyotte gratefully volunteers her time in Mission activities and sharing her food with the elderly. She is making a difference in her community and paying her blessings forward.

Help Us Welcome Families Home for Christmas

You can provide safe shelter to needy families by making Homes for Christmas part of your Advent observance. By unifying your parishioners around the challenge of raising funds to build and repair homes, you will give them an opportunity to put their faith into action.

Please — give generously and help us transform lives, families and communities in the name of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

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Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.

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Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures incurred through June 30, 2021, the close of our ministry’s new 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.

Your Gift is Changing Lives!

The Mission got right to work—33 houses have already been constructed. Only 27 more to go!

60 families with homes most in need of repair have been identified. Repairs have already been completed on three homes.

Your act of mercy toward Haiti’s poor demonstrates the tangible love of Christ among the members of his body.

Cross Catholic Outreach

Our mission is to mobilize the global Catholic Church to transform the poor and their communities materially and spiritually for the glory of Jesus Christ. Your gift empowers us to serve the poorest of the poor by channeling life-changing aid through an international network of dioceses, parishes and Catholic missionaries. This cost-effective approach helps break the cycle of poverty and advance Catholic evangelization.