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Diocese of Norwich Outreach Center Capital Campaign

Demolition Started


Demolition started on November 30, 2017.  It should be done by the end of the year, and final detailed design should be done in April.



 Final Picture before demolition                        Friday morning, Dec 1, 2018





                  Lot after demolition and debris removal


The capital campaign has exceeded the goal of $450,000, but, due to new information, may not be quite what we need to 
complete the building.

First, to get the bad news out of the way:  When the earthquake 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 $590,000 in cash and pledges.  

We have completed a high level 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 most of what we need to build the revised building, but certainly 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 11-30-17   $590,000 -  includes Diocesan match     

 * When the redesign is completed, we will update how much is needed


Helping Haitians Help Haitians

Why a new Outreach Center?

Since the earthquake of 2010 destroyed our facilities, we have been operating from temporary facilities in 2 separate locations. We are now in a position to rebuild in a single location. This investment will allow us to:

  • Consolidate our Education, Medical and Nutrition, Parish Twinning, Hospitality programs and administrative functions
  • Reduce annual costs by $50,000, through consolidation, making more funds available to support and expand our program services
  • Replace temporary clinic and nutrition structures with a well- equipped medical suite serving a neighborhood of 60,000 with compassionate and professional service
  • Provide comfortable and secure accommodations, gathering and worship space for up to 14 international visitors
  • Enhance support for over 200 students in our Education sponsorship program by creating a welcoming space for afterschool activities including life skills and computer literacy training
  • Repurpose existing space on the property for visiting groups providing other volunteer services such as dental
  • Provide employment opportunities to local individuals in building and renovation efforts

What is Outreach to Haiti?


  • Outreach to Haiti (OTH) operates to empower the people of Haiti.  We support programs managed by Haitians, and employ Haitians in our medical clinic, guest house, and headquarters.  All OTH employees in Haiti are Haitian.
    • · Operating in Port-au-Prince and surrounding communities since 1985
    • · Full service Maternal and Child Medical Clinic serving neighborhood of 60,000
    • · Nutrition program returning 100 malnourished children to health annually
    • · Guest accommodations for up to 14 international visitors
    • · Provide scholarships for over 200  students at the primary, secondary and post-secondary levels
    • · Growing internship program to turn  education into employment
    • · Foster and help maintain Parish twinning relationships between U.S. and Haitian  communities 
    • Twins provide support for two orphanages, with about 110  children
    • Twins provide support for 11 different parishes (and the Archdiocese of Port-au-Prince) who are providing education, medical care , and economic opportunities to over 10,000  Haitians
  • Poorest country in the Western Hempisphere
  • 78% of Haiti’s people survive on less than $2 a day.
  • Between 60% and 80% of Haitians are unemployed or underemployed.
  • The Haitian adult literacy rate is less than 50%, about 77% of children  attend some elementary school, and 29% attend some secondary school.
  • Public schools are scarce.  Private schools  charge tuition.
  • Before the earthquake, there were 380,000 orphans in Haiti.  Now, that  number is estimated to have doubled.
  • 62 Catholic churches were destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.
  • 7,500 elementary schools and 1,500 secondary schools were destroyed in the earthquake.


Campaign Goal $450,000

Estimated cost of Building $400,000

Contingency $25,000

Furnishings and Equipment $25,000

Raised as of 6/10/2017 $573,000

Tax-Deductible Donations….

Check— pay to Outreach to Haiti 815 Boswell AVE, Norwich, CT 06360 Credit Card– or call 860-887-1019 x819 Please see if your employer will match Installments available for large donations

Naming Opportunities

Clinic… Named— Sr Ann Weller Clinic

Chapel $15,000

Lab $12,500

Pharmacy $10,000

Kitchen $7,500

Dormitory Room (3) $7,500

Exam Rooms(2) $5,000

Dining Area $5,000

Balcony Gathering area $7,500

Various Equipment contact us

Contribution levels

  • Diamond $10,000+
  • Platinum $5,000—$9,999
  • Gold $2,500—$4,999
  • Silver $1,000—$2,499
  • Bronze $ 100 —$ 999
A Haitian artisan will be commissioned to create a tree of life metal sculpture similar to the one pictured below. For each individual donation the artist will paint a leaf of the sculpture according to the chart above. The sculpture will be displayed in a prominent place in the new Outreach Center, along with a book containing the names of donors at each level. Donors may, of course, remain anonymous.

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