U.N. surveys have revealed that an estimated 100 million people are homeless around the world and at least 1.6 billion lack adequate housing. Housing for the poor is often difficult to access and afford, leaving families to fend for themselves in dirty slums and makeshift shanties or on unsafe streets.

Building homes for the poor is one of our primary missions at Cross Catholic Outreach, which is why our Christmas Catalog provides these options for poor communities. With your help, we can build sturdy and sustainable homes in impoverished communities, while supporting spiritual development and offering the love of Jesus Christ.

Where: Guatemala

Safe Homes in Guatemala

Any amount can help bless a poor family in Guatemala with a sturdy new home.


Nothing brings dignity to a poor family more than having a safe, sturdy home. Sadly, most poor families in Santa Rosa, Guatemala, must settle for much less. Mired in poverty, they are forced to live in unsafe shacks fashioned from mud, scrap wood and plastic sheeting. You can provide the life-changing gift of a safe new home.

This year, one of our donors has made a $20,000 challenge gift in hopes that fellow Catholics will join to support Safe Homes in Guatemala. Thanks to their generous gift, we can double the impact of your donation!*


Can I Give on Behalf of a Loved One?

Yes! Making a gift in honor of a friend or family member(s) is a fun and easy way to share Christmas joy. Once you complete the checkout process, let them know by sending a printed certificate or e-Card.

Thank You for Sending a Christmas Gift to a Family in Need

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.


The Cross Catholic Outreach Christmas Catalog makes it fun and easy to extend the joy of Christmas to the poor. Instead of being filled with retail items, the catalog contains meaningful gifts for some of the world’s most impoverished families. Some gifts are lifesaving items such as Basic Medicines or Hygiene Products, while others are large projects such as Safe Homes or Clean Water. All gifts are sent on your behalf to grateful families in developing countries.

It’s easy to shop through the Cross Catholic Outreach Christmas Catalog. Simply browse through the categories and choose an item within your budget and close to your heart, such as Emergency Aid Blankets or Powdered Milk for Children. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll make a meaningful impact on the life of a needy child or family overseas. It’s that simple!

Blessing the poor happens year-round. Some gifts in our Christmas Catalog are sourced locally, so there is no need to worry about international shipping. For items that require shipping, Cross Catholic Outreach works with partners in every country we serve to ensure Christmas Catalog gifts are delivered in a timely fashion.

Yes! Making a gift in honor of a friend or family member(s) is a fun and easy way to share Christmas joy. Once you complete the checkout process, let them know by sending a print this certificate or e-Card.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for the Christmas Catalog incurred through June 30, 2023, 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.

*Until midnight on December 31, all gifts to Santa Rosa Housing from the 2021 Christmas Catalog, up to a total of $20,000, will be doubled.