Our Social Justice Mission
“We want to get involved and allow it to complicate our lives!”
The reparative charism of the Handmaids impels them first to contemplate the breaches and pains of our world, and then to take action, to be repairers, to enter into the breaches and to allow God’s mercy to heal, reconcile, and make whole. For this reason, Handmaids and those who collaborate with us have been invited to get involved in a project that supports those who are suffering in the situation of human migration. We’re invited to get involved and to allow it to complicate our lives.
The Handmaids, ACJ family, and friends in the United States have committed themselves to sponsoring a Honduran family seeking asylum. The family - a mother and her four children ranging in age from 3 to 16 - made the treacherous journey from their home country of Honduras on a dangerous train ride through Mexico in order to arrive in the United States in search of a better future. In rural areas, approximately one out of 5 Hondurans live in extreme poverty or on less than $1.90 US dollars per day. For nearly a year the family lived in a homeless shelter in Philadelphia. In collaboration with the Sisters of St. Joseph and the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, the Handmaids and friends are sponsoring the family, and have made it possible for the family to move into their own house, for the children to attend school, and for all to receive the material, emotional, educational support necessary for their livelihood and growth.
While they wait for their asylum case hearing, the family needs our prayers and financial support. The Handmaids and friends are committed and now invite YOU to share in this mission. Your financial donations will go toward the payment of:
- Medical and household expenses
- Maintenance and repairs
- Advocating for legislation that is compassionate toward human migration
- Raising awareness among your family and friends (See this helpful presentation)
If you wish to help, please click HERE to show your loving support to this Honduran Family and the many others.