Homes for the Poor for Christmas

An Advent project to provide homes for poor Haitian families

More than 2,000 years ago, the Savior of the world was born in a manger with no comfortable or safe place to lay his head.

Today, there are thousands of Haitian families who suffer the same fate. They have no place to lay their heads but a dirt floor, surrounded by stick-and-mud walls, which provides no protection from rain or threats from the outside world.

This Advent, we have joined one of our most trusted Catholic mission partners to move vulnerable Haitian families out of their makeshift shacks and into safe concrete houses.

Our Advent program, with useful promotional tools, will engage your parishioners and celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus.

Our Partner:

The Kobonal Haiti Mission

When you join Cross Catholic Outreach’s Advent project, you will empower one of our most trusted ministry partners — the Kobonal Haiti Mission.

This ministry was founded by Father Glenn Meaux 30 years ago to serve and evangelize a rural community plagued by poverty and spiritual darkness. The Mission has built hundreds of homes for desperately poor families throughout the diocese.

Meet the Vieux Family

Jacques, his wife, Rosenie, Rosenie’s elderly mother and their eight children live crowded together in a mud-and stick shack. They’re just one of the thousands of families in desperate need of safe shelter. This family will be one of the beneficiaries of your love and generosity.

Jacques works hard to support his family as the village policeman and a subsistence farmer, but he barely has enough funds to cover the cost of food for his growing family.

What Your Donation Will Fund

While every gift amount is valued and deeply appreciated, it costs about $6,981 to put a family in a sturdy, four-room concrete house with a solid cement foundation and a strong galvanized steel roof.

These houses include a small solar panel that provides indoor electricity. In addition to new construction, the Mission also helps local families with home repairs. These repairs cost an average of $776 per house.

Advent Promotional Tools

Promote your mission within the parish and your community.

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

Insert this into your weekly parish bulletin to educate and inspire parishioners.

Video: Introduce this Advent campaign to your parish.

A Kobonal Haiti Mission Success Story

Thanks to parishes who partnered with Cross Catholic Outreach during the 2018 Advent season, the Laurent family (Heriode, Odimene and their seven children) moved into a brand-new home! This home has completely transformed the family’s life — giving them stability, confidence and better health.

Cross Catholic Outreach’s Advent Program

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.

Proceeds from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2020, 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.