A home provides more than simple shelter. It’s the foundation for family life — a secure place where parents and their children can sleep, share meals and link arms in prayer. Safe, sanitary housing conditions also help prevent disease, improve school attendance, and give children and families a stable pathway to prosperity and a brighter future in Christ.
Sadly, according to the United Nations, 25% of people worldwide live in conditions that are harmful to their health and safety. Cross Catholic Outreach empowers Catholic ministries to build and repair houses for these families in need. During the 2023 fiscal year, compassionate U.S. Catholics provided safe shelter for families in 18 countries. This included enabling our partners to build or repair 202 homes at ministry sites in Haiti, build 159 homes in two Catholic dioceses in Guatemala, and construct 30 homes in Sorsogon City in the Philippines.