Thank You for Housing the Poor

Safe housing initiatives are helping to lift families out of poverty.

Catholic leaders in the Diocese of Santa Rosa de Lima in Guatemala know that safe housing is an essential part of any plan to lift the poor out of poverty. A safe home provides a solid foundation for families yet across rural areas of the country, poor families struggle to afford adequate housing. Your support of this campaign is restoring the God-given dignity of families who were living in squalid conditions.

Campaign Highlight

Your gift helped build 20 storm-proof concrete houses to benefit 237 villagers in 4 communities who had been living in makeshift shacks.

In each community, prospective homeowners regularly assist the professional construction team by providing unskilled labor.

You Answered Their Desperate Pleas

Hernandez-Gutierrez Family

A year ago, Rosalina Hernandez and Juan Gutierrez were living in a tiny rundown shack, along with their daughter, son, daughter-in-law and grandchild. “Life was so difficult for us,” says Rosalina. “When it rained, everything would get wet and it would take up to five days for the house to dry out. This new house is such a blessing.”

The house is also a wonderful improvement for Rosalina’s four-year-old granddaughter Mariela. Finally, the young child has a safe, clean space in which to play. “Blessed is God for helping our dreams come true,” says Rosalina. “The kids all play together, and the neighbors are friendly.”

“Life was so difficult for us… 
This new house is such a blessing.”

The Jimenez-Perez family thanks God for their new home in Santa Rosa

Jimenez-Perez Family

Miguel Jimenez, his wife, Mirna Perez, and their nine children were living in a makeshift compound built of  logs, sticks, scrap metal and plastic tarps. There was no latrine, and they fetched their water from a river-fed water station located about a mile away.

“I am full of happiness for my children!” Mirna exclaims. “No longer do they sleep in a crowded place. Now we are in a very spacious one! And my older children are also happy for what God has sent through you. We thank you very much, we are very grateful.”

The family is giving glory to God for the blessing in their life that was once unimaginable.

“We thank you very much, we are very grateful.”

The Need for Housing in Santa Rosa

Like Rosa, many families in Santa Rosa have struggled under extreme poverty for generations.

Without the resources to afford quality housing, they live in shanties assembled from scraps of wood and tin. Homes lack basic amenities like electricity and running water. Some don’t even have windows or doors.

They are trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty.

Project Overview

Total number of homes: 40

Beneficiaries: 474 villagers

Impact:  4 communities spread throughout the diocese

Cost per house: $4,961

Materials: concrete walls and floor; galvanized steel roof

Size: 338 sq. ft. comprising  3 rooms

Features: secure doors and windows, an environmentally safe stove, wash basin, latrine, electrical wiring

The typical Santa Rosa home is 19’8″ x 19’8″ and includes three rooms, a sturdy concrete foundation, cement-block walls and a galvanized steel roof.

Father Raúl has a Plan to Transform Santa Rosa

For many families living in poverty, a new home is the first step toward a better life. Fr. Raúl’s plan for Santa Rosa includes the construction of 40 durable, cement-block houses with solid floors and waterproof roofs that will give the poor families the comfort and security they desperately need.

By supporting this outreach, you will also be supporting Fr. Raúl’s approach to community involvement. He feels every beneficiary family should participate in their home’s construction, preserving their dignity and a greater sense of ownership.

The Importance of Safe Homes

The new homes will give the poor families a level of comfort they only knew in their dreams.

  • •  Metal doors will provide security
  • •  Shuttered windows will let light in
  • •  Each house will be wired for electricity
  • •  The exterior will feature a clean-air stove
  • •  Also a sanitary latrine and a washbasin
  • •  Privacy for the family

God Bless You for Your Compassion

Your loving gesture and generous gift are helping to restore hope and dignity to those families who once lived in makeshift shacks. These poor families are on a path to a brighter future — and their relationship with Christ has been strengthened.

Thank you for being part of this miracle by helping to fund the construction of 20 new houses in Santa Rosa.

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Help Now

No one should be forced to live in a makeshift shack. Your loving gesture and generous gift will help restore hope and dignity to the community. Together, we can place poor families on a clear path to a brighter future — and strengthen their relationship with Christ.

Be a part of this Giving Tuesday miracle by helping to fund the construction of 20 new houses in Santa Rosa.

You are helping to free the people of Santa Rosa from the clutches of poverty. See how!

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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 for this project incurred through June 30, 2021, 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.