The Jean family rejoices that they now have a safe and sturdy home. Friends of Cross Catholic Outreach enable the Kobonal Haiti Mission to build new homes and make home repairs for destitute families.
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Housing Impact

Blessing Families With Safe, Secure Homes

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.

Fiscal Year 2023 Impact

35
Projects
18
Countries
Grants Provided
372
Homes Built
116
Houses Repaired
3,131
Blessed With a Safe Home

GUATEMALA HOUSING

DIOCESE OF SUCHITEPÉQUEZ-RETALHULEU

The Moctezuma family is grateful for their sturdy new home in the remote village of Mangales.
The Moctezuma family is grateful for their sturdy new home in the remote village of Mangales.

Families in the remote villages of Guatemala face many extreme challenges, most of which are made worse by substandard living conditions. Parents build homes from old wooden planks, rusted sheet metal and thatched palm leaves, and rainwater gushes in through wide gaps and holes, turning dirt floors into a muddy mess. Children are constantly at risk of being attacked by rats, snakes and vermin that easily sneak inside.

House floorplan.

In response, Cross Catholic Outreach has partnered with the Caritas outreach of the Diocese of Suchitepéquez-Retalhuleu to serve as God’s instrument of mercy. With the support of generous American Catholics, Caritas successfully started a new housing outreach by building safe, sturdy homes for 59 families in its first year.

The benefiting families are overjoyed to receive a three-room concrete-block home with a sturdy foundation, a galvanized metal roof, a concrete floor, a lockable door, shuttered windows and a sanitary latrine. Safe from storms and animals, these families can now focus on building a bright future through nourishing meals, agricultural support, education and spiritual development.

Fast Facts

History

Cross Catholic Outreach began partnering with the diocese in 2018 with the goal of implementing social, economic and spiritual activities within the diocese to transform rural communities with limited resources.

Further Construction

The new concrete-block homes are creating such a strong foundation for family life that the diocese is expanding its housing ministry to reach even more impoverished families.

Family Participation

Families participate by providing unskilled labor throughout the construction process, and they also engage in diocese programs that promote personal hygiene, parent-child relationships and family spirituality.

New Outreaches

Cross Catholic Outreach’s community transformation efforts continue to grow as diocese leaders begin a health care ministry and explore creating a food processing business to benefit small family farms.

Donations from this campaign will be used to cover any expenditures for this project incurred through June 30, 2025, 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.