Welcome to Outreach to Haiti
Outreach to Haiti has been working in the Caribbean nation for over 30 years. We offer health care services, student sponsorships and other educational support, parish twinning, support of two orphanages, as well as a neighborhood meal program for children. For travelers to Haiti, we have a guest house, where you can stay short- or long-term. We also arrange immersion visits for traveling groups to learn about Haiti - its people, culture and land.
Some special events coming up!
For more information click here
2017 For the Love of a Child Gala
Our Annual Gala will be April 29, 2017 at the Deanstown House in Storrs, CT. Please join us, along with The Most Reverend Michael R Cote, Bishop Eric Toussaint from Port-au-Prince, Haiti, our Guest Speaker, and Honorary Chair Lt Governor Nancy Wyman. Click here to see the invitation and rsvp card and/or download them.
This is our biggest single fund-raiser of the year. Your support is critical to operating our programs in Haiti!
If you have an item to donate to our silent auction, or wish to take out an ad, or an individual sponsorship, contact the office at 860-887-1019, or click here to get a form and prices.
2nd Annual Outreach to Haiti Golf Tournament
Outreach to Haiti is holding its second annual golf tournament at Wintonbury Hills in Bloomfield, CT, on September 16, 2017. Join Outreach Board, staff, friends and supporters, including Bishop Cote, on a wonderful New England mid-September Day.
Click here to see details on last year's tournament. This year's details will be put up as soon as they are available. Check back to see!
Scholarship turns to Action!
HKHS French Honor Society makes donation
The French Honor Society at Haddam-Killingworth High School studies French speaking countries, including Haiti. When Hurricane Matthew struck the small Carribean nation in October, instead of just treating this as a current event update of a country they were studying, they reacted to the catastrophe by raising money to help the beleaguered country. The handwritten note they sent with the donation tells their story best!
Your donation will definitely make a difference! It will help to feed people in an area where crops were devastated by the hurricane. Thank you for thinking beyond your own area and reaching out to help others across the hemisphere! We applaud your caring and generous spirit. Your sacrifice to help others in need offers much hope for a better future and a better world.
Upcoming Craft Sales
None scheduled at this time. Please visit Mercy-by-the-Sea in Madison for many items available locally.
Bishop Cote Visits Haiti
Bishop Michael R Cote visited Haiti from January 30 to February 2. While there, he celebrated mass with staff, neighbors, and program participants, performed a ground-breaking ceremony for the new Norwich Outreach Center, visited two Haitian twins (a parish and an orphanage), met with three bishops, and more!
To see a full account of the trip, with photos, click here.
Capital Campaign Update
Since the last update, three months ago, much has happened on the Capital Campaign, much of it good, but some of it bad.
First, to get the bad news out of the way: When the hurricane destroyed most of the building at the Christ Roi clinic and mission house, a small part of the building was left standing, and was deemed safe to use. This part was going to continue to be used as it is today, as office space for the non-clinic staff. However, before building next to this, we ordered a more up to date engineering study of the building. That study revealed, just last month, that the building should be reinforced at a cost of over $100,000. This cost does not justify repairing the building, so we are adding to the building already planned, and demolishing the old building.
The picture shows some of the area where the clinic and mission house mostly came down, with the rubble long since cleared away.
Now for the good news: The matching grant given by Bishop Cote strongly motivated donors, and, when the original target was almost reached, the Padre Pio Foundation of America stepped in with a $100,000 donation as well. We have continued fund-raising due to the cost of replacing the space for offices, and of demolishig the building, and as of February 15, 2017, we are at $573,000 in cash and pledges.
We have almost completed a redesign of the building to accomodate the additional space. While the estimate is very rough at this point, our current best guess is that we have almost enough to build the revised building, although not yet enough to add some of the enhancements -like solar power - to reduce ongoing costs.
The Lord, and the generostity of our donors, blessed us with at least most of the money needed to meet this unwelcome news.
Campaign Goal - $450,000 *
Raised as of 2-15-17 - includes Diocese match $573,000
* When the redesign is completed, we will update how much is needed
Televised interview with James Michel and Dan O'Sullivan
The Knights of Columbus have a monthly feature on WTNH to spotlight a charity. Board Chair James Michel and Director Dan O'Sullivan were interviewed in their New Haven studio. Video taken on their recent trip to Haiti was featured as well.
Diocese of Norwich Outreach to Haiti, Inc.
815 Boswell Ave.
Norwich, CT 06360
Phone: 860.887.1019 ext. 817
Email: [email protected]