Cross Catholic Outreach supporters helped build a new home for the Boyer family after an earthquake struck Haiti. Photo courtesy of Overture International.
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Disaster Relief Impact

Blessing Families and Communities in Crisis

Hurricanes. Floods. Earthquakes. Conflicts. Whenever a disaster strikes, the Catholic Church is there to address the critical needs of the poor and vulnerable. Cross Catholic Outreach supporters like you play a crucial role in these missions of mercy by empowering faith-filled partners on the ground to address immediate needs and long-term recovery efforts.

Last year, the generosity of Cross Catholic Outreach donors enabled Catholic ministries to serve families impacted by manmade and natural disasters across four continents, including helping refugees from the war in Ukraine and survivors of the earthquake in Haiti.

Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

7
Projects
6
Countries
Grants Provided
1,641,600
Emergency Meals Served
74,178
CASES OF MEDICAL SUPPLIES DELIVERED
$1,504,449
IN MATERIAL AID PROVIDED

CARING FOR REFUGEES FROM UKRAINE

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF PRZEMYŚL, POLAND

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Refugees from Ukraine gather at a family-friendly event.

When war broke out in Ukraine in February 2022, we quickly identified trusted Catholic partners in strategic positions, including shelters and refugee centers in Ukraine and Poland, and mobilized efforts to rush in much-needed foodwaterambulances, generators and sanitary kits.

Located on Poland’s eastern border with Ukraine, the Archdiocese of Przemyśl was one such partner perfectly positioned to receive refugee families. With your help, we provided grants that have helped the archdiocese offer spiritual support, trauma therapy, and short- and long-term housing solutions.

Cross Catholic Outreach has also supported refugees and internally displaced Ukrainians by providing nutritious Vitafood meals. We worked with feeding programs, food pantries and other trusted local partners in the region to distribute these protein-rich meal packs, filling stomachs with approximately 816,000 servings of Vitafood.

Fast Facts

History

The Archdiocese of Przemyśl was established in 1375 under Pope Gregory XI and was elevated to an archdiocese more than 600 years later in 1992.

Other Partnerships

We also worked with the Vatican’s Dicastery for the Service of Charity and Caritas in Veritate to deliver aid to Ukrainian refugees and internally displaced families.

Impact

Thanks in part to Cross Catholic Outreach donors, Papal Almoner Cardinal Konrad Krajewski has personally delivered ambulances, medical supplies and other aid on behalf of Pope Francis.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2024, 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.