• December 7, 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy New year 2011!

Ivanka Dymyd - Nativity 2009 © Iconart

Dear friends,

We just cel­e­brated Thanksgiving. At the Heart’s Home center in Brooklyn, NY, we shared a tra­di­tional turkey dinner with more than 40 friends, people that we serve in New York City and people who sup­port us. We ate, played and sang with many who would have spent this day alone. It was a beau­tiful day! And, indeed, we have many things to be grateful for.

We are espe­cially grateful for Heart’s Home: for 20 years of exis­tence of this inter­na­tional move­ment of com­pas­sion. From a small seed, an intu­ition given to French priest Fr. Thierry de Roucy, on January 4, 1990, there are now more than 40 cen­ters around the world, 1,300 vol­un­teers who have ded­i­cated one year or more of their lives to serve poor and trou­bled people in slums, and one hun­dred per­ma­nent mem­bers, priests and reli­gious sis­ters.
Here, in New York, we cel­e­brated the 20th Anniversary of Heart’s Home on September 18, at the ICCC with a pil­grimage that gath­ered 120 people around the new built shrine to Our Lady of Compassion.

We are grateful for all the vol­un­teers. From 40 dif­ferent nation­al­i­ties, they give their time and share their tal­ents with the need­iest of people. This year we dou­bled the annual number of American vol­un­teers. Ten of them were serving abroad for more than a year and one vol­un­teered in New York. As of this year, there are more than 30 American Alumni who are building a net­work of com­pas­sion throughout the United States. After their mis­sion is com­plete, they con­tinue to live the same spirit of com­pas­sion in their own envi­ron­ment.

Five other mis­sion­aries have already begun training to leave next summer/fall, exceeding our total at the same time last year. We are grateful for each person we serve around the world. Take, for example, the incred­ible story of Eva.

We are grateful for these two babies and for Eva’s beau­tiful tes­ta­ment of love. This story, as many others all around the world, encour­ages us to con­tinue our work, with the assur­ance that gen­uine friend­ship can make the dif­fer­ence!

We are grateful for you! There are many of you who sup­port us. We need your sup­port, great or small, through dona­tions or prayer. Thanks to your faithful gen­erosity, we are able to con­tinue to spread the word about our work, and to recruit and train American vol­un­teers.

But our needs are great: we run two cen­ters in New York and sup­port one in Chile, where we serve trou­bled and dis­ad­van­taged indi­vid­uals. We are expanding the hosting capacity of the ICCC in order to increase our activity. Considering our growing efforts to alle­viate suf­fering in New York, we are plan­ning to open a third center. These pro­jects are very dear to us because they address a need that we see everyday: there are many who await a place to be loved, a friend to be with, and hope in life.

  • With $20 you help with one week of public transportation to visit our most isolated friends.
  • With $100 you help with one month of groceries for one volunteer in New York.
  • With $300 you support one week of the Heart’s Home Center in Chile.
  • With $600 you support a plane ticket for a volunteer to go to South America.
  • With $1,000 you help us build the ICCC.
  • You can also help us with your miles.

For all the sup­port you already gave us and, before­hand, for your Christmas con­tri­bu­tion, I extend to you a heart­felt “thank you”: you help us change lives, like Eva’s, Morgan’s, Abigaëlle’s, and Kathy’s.

On behalf of Heart’s Home board of Directors and Missionaries I wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May the Lord reward you for all you give to us with the hun­dred­fold!

With my sin­cere grat­i­tude and my warmest regards,

Laetitia Palluat de Besset
President of Heart’s Home USA

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