Build houses. Renew dignity.

Restore hope in communities.

Provide safe housing to poor families around the world

Build houses. Renew dignity. Restore hope in communities.

Provide safe housing to poor families around the world

Your generosity will empower our trusted Catholic ministry partners in developing countries around the world to provide safe homes for families that are either homeless or living in crumbling shacks. Donations to our General Housing Fund go toward building new houses, repairing existing ones, shipping construction materials and providing safe shelter in other critical ways. These donations also equip us to respond quickly when emergency housing situations arise.

In 2020, our donors funded construction for 235 houses and repairs for 77 houses. These efforts have given safe shelter to 2,177 people.

It only costs an average of $5,000 to build a simple, sturdy home for a family in need. This year, help Cross Catholic Outreach welcome more families home in the name of Christ!

Eldia Clervil is a devoted mother struggling to raise her seven children in Kobonal, Haiti. At night, her children fear the howling wind and driving rain within the feeble walls of their small shelter. Watch the video below to see the family's daily battles firsthand and hear Eldia's heartfelt prayer for her family.
HIGHLIGHTED PROJECT

Kobonal Haiti Mission

Beneficiaries work together to assist the construction crew and provide unskilled labor. This hands-on experience helps foster relationships and gives families a greater sense of ownership of their new homes.

With our support, the Kobonal Haiti Mission, builds four-room, storm-resistant houses for destitute families, complete with a cement foundation, a galvanized steel roof, lockable doors, solar light and a sanitary latrine.

Your contribution helps Kobonal Haiti Mission and other Cross Catholic Outreach ministry partners provide safe housing for some of the world’s most vulnerable families.

Restoring Dignity to Struggling Families

During storms, rain pours through Veronique’s walls and roof
During storms, rain pours through Veronique’s walls and roof.
Veronique’s Story

With only two beds in their small shanty home, most of Veronique’s nine children sleep on rugs she places on the dirt floor. When it rains, the family faces terrible hardships. The mud walls of their house melt away and the floor turns into a miry puddle of muck. The children often have no choice but to endure the rest of the night in uncomfortable wooden chairs.

Feeling powerless to improve their family’s situation, Veronique and her husband persistently ask God to provide a better life for their sons and daughters. “My children are your children, Lord,” Veronique prays.

Working with Kobonal Haiti Mission and generous Catholics throughout the U.S., we can help answer these fervent prayers. Together, we can share God’s compassion with many families like Veronique’s and provide durable concrete homes that will forever change the outlook of their lives.

Impact of a New, Safe House

A solid roof protects from storms, water damage and sun exposure.

Sturdy walls provide security and protect from outside predators and vermin.

A concrete foundation makes a house more durable and also improves health, hygiene and cleanliness.

A lockable door provides protection from intruders. People are able to sleep peacefully knowing they are safe and secure.

A safe place to live releases families from the struggle to survive and puts them in an environment where they can better their lives!

More Than Safe Shelter

Cross Catholic Outreach’s mission to provide safe shelter for struggling families includes building new houses, but it addresses this serious need in other ways as well. The program also funds necessary repairs, ships construction materials and helps provide sanctuary for families in unsafe situations. When you support this outreach, you are empowering a flexible and well-rounded effort to strengthen those in need and set them on the path to greater self-sufficiency.

Donations to our General Housing Fund help support projects like:

  • Constructing safe concrete houses in Haiti, Nicaragua, Guatemala, Mozambique, Grenada and the Philippines.
  • Installing safe kitchens for families in Nicaragua who suffer from smoke inhalation.
  • Providing safe housing for young women attending college in Guyana.
  • Providing shelter for women fleeing domestic abuse in Guatemala.
  • Repairing existing houses in Haiti, Belize, Grenada and Ethiopia.

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Lay a Foundation of Grace

By giving families safe places to live, you provide them with a priceless sense of peace, dignity and stability that will bless their lives for many years to come. Donate now to shelter those in need, and give them a concrete reminder of God’s unwavering grace.

Safe Housing Resources

Around the world, poor families struggle to find safe housing. A tragic number of families either live in destitute conditions or are homeless. Learn more about the problem in Haiti in the stories below.

The Power of Monthly Giving

Our Catholic ministry partners are eager to serve needy families, and your monthly donations will guarantee they can launch these missions and maintain their merciful services to the poor month by month and year after year. Become a monthly mission partner to ensure that hardworking dioceses, parishes and ministries are constantly equipped with the resources they need to provide safe shelter. In the face of emergencies such as natural disasters, our partners can act quickly and effectively because of generous monthly donors.

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Cross Catholic Outreach’s staff prays daily for friends of the ministry. Click below to submit your specific prayer intentions.

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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.

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.

2020

Be Someone's Miracle

Santa Rosa Homes

Where: Guatemala

Any gift amount helps. $5,412 will bless a poor family in Guatemala with a sturdy new home.

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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.

Each house includes a cement foundation, strong cement-block walls, with a metal roof that can withstand earthquakes. Each home will be wired for electricity and include a clean-air stove, sanitary latrine and an exterior washbasin.

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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 the world’s most impoverished families. Some are lifesaving items such as Basic Medicines or Hygiene Products, while others are large-scale 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 Babies. Select and sponsor one or more of these gifts, and you’ll be making 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.

You may give on behalf of a friend or a loved one! Simply complete the checkout process and then print this certificate. Add in your loved one’s name to let them know that a Christmas gift has been made in their honor to serve the poor.

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You are in Our Prayers.

Cross Catholic Outreach’s staff prays daily for friends of the ministry. Submit your special intentions.

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 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.