The 38 houses in Sacred Heart Southern Missions’ Dehon Village have been called home by hundreds of families for more than two decades. Offering a fresh start, these houses provide safety, security and hope for people – often facing homelessness – while they repair their credit, look for work and begin to rebuild their lives.
A recent issue of the SHSM newsletter shares the story of one such resident, Fidelina, who was referred to SHSM by a women’s shelter six years ago. She and her four children were able to move into a house that had just become available at Dehon Village. With housing secure, she was able to get a job and help her family get a fresh start.
Br. Diego Diaz, SCJ, a social service minister, often met with Fidelina and her family. During one of their meetings, Fidelina asked if SHSM could help her buy a house.
Br. Diego sought the guidance of Andrea Vincent, SHSM’s director of programs. Working as a team, Br. Diego, Fidelina and Andrea began exploring possibilities. Fidelina looked at mobile homes and gathered pricing. Together, the three discussed options for the family. She found a reasonably priced trailer, but it needed work. Br. Diego was able to get flooring and other building materials through SHSM’s Gift in Kind program. After several months of renovation, the trailer was ready for move-in.
On November 1, Br. Diego and Fr. Hendrik Ardianto, SCJ, joined the family for a small house blessing. They are pictured at the top of the page.
“The children and I really miss our friends at Dehon Village, but we are so proud of our new home,” said Fidelina. “We thank everyone at Sacred Heart for all of their help over these years,”
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