Corporal Works of Mercy; Harbor the Homeless

Holy Family Healthcare's César Chávez Home program helps migrant families "settle out" (establish themselves permanently) in our area by helping them find housing and/or employment as well as providing them with household necessities such as appliances, beds and bedding, tables and chairs, cook- and tableware, linens, etc.

Four families numbering 29 members settled out during the past year, and we are currently helping three more families with this process. Although this and all other programs run by Holy Family Healthcare are funded by the revenue generated by our pediatric practice and a few general donations by individuals interested in helping to support our mission, we recently received a contribution by an individual who asked that the funds be used specifically to buy beds for families who he had heard were sleeping on the floor.

We are increasing our efforts to share the stories of those we serve to help generate this type of response-to provide opportunities for individuals to share their time, talents and treasures to benefit those in need. Our online presence has increased through a new website and active Facebook posts and interaction with those who have "liked" our page.