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. As a result, many poor families end up living on the streets or sheltering in makeshift shanties in terrible, dirty slums. And because they struggle just to supply their children with daily bread, few dare to dream they will be able to improve their situation.
Building homes for the poor is one of the primary missions of Cross Catholic Outreach. With your help, we can build sturdy, sustainable homes in impoverished communities and support those families through spiritual development and the love of Jesus Christ.
Nothing brings dignity to a family more than having a safe home. Sadly, many families in Guatemala are forced to live in homes fashioned from mud, scrap wood and plastic sheeting. Your gift can help provide a new home that includes a cement foundation and cement-block walls that can withstand earthquakes. Each home will be wired for electricity for a clean-air stove and include a sanitary latrine and an exterior washbasin.
This year, two generous donors have made $32,000 challenge gifts in hopes that fellow Catholics will join to support Safe Homes in Guatemala. Thanks to their generous gifts, we can double the impact of your donation!*
*Until midnight on December 31, two donors’ challenge gifts will be used to double all donations up to a total of $32,000 for Safe Homes in Guatemala in the Christmas Catalog.
Thank You for Sending a Christmas Gift to a Family in Need
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 Food 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 Women-Owned Farms in Haiti 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.
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.