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Diocese of Norwich Outreach Center Capital Campaign

Current Status:

Construction phase has started, and site work for the building is well underway.  Due to a variety of factors including the need to expand the building to include office space (the building on site that was being used was not sound), more robust construction plans to make it more earthquake resistant, and increasing cost of materials due to high inflation in Haiti, the total cost of the project increased significantly from initial plans.  At this time, the total cost of the project, including design and demolition work already accomplished is $1,425,275.  Of this, all but $253,611 has been raised.  Click on the donate button above to help close this gap!  Other opportunities will be announced here in the coming weeks.



Demolition Phase


Demolition started on November 30, 2017.  It was completed three weeks later.



Final Picture before demolition                        Friday morning, Dec 1, 2018



                               Lot after demolition and debris removal


Construction Phase


                                  Excavation Starts  - March 10, 2019


Outreach Center provides jobs to neighborhood workers, who fine-tune the site



Deep holes dug, filled with special mix, and compacted as filled to provide strong support for building - see man in hole for scale



 5-13-19  Holes dug, filled, base concrete poured, and rebar jungle starting to grow!




                           5-21-19  Rebar for side wall going in 



 5-28-19 left side -more rebar                 6-7-19 getting close - strong foundation is key!




6-25-19  Great news....the concrete pour starts!



Tune back in for periodic updates! 

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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