A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Thanksgiving at our center in Brooklyn, NY. To celebrate with us, we invited some friends whom we knew had no other family. The first friend we invited immediately answered : “I was hoping you would invite me, because I am alone and had nothing to celebrate!” In our beautifully dressed-up basement room, we ended up being more than 40: friends from the shelter, from the housing projects, from Manhattan... friends from Lebanon, Haiti, the Philippines, Egypt, Honduras, Peru, Puerto Rico, Jamaica, France... and America! Sharing the traditional - and delicious - dinner, we prayed and ate, we sang and played together. Everyone had his fill of joy and communion. And when the time came for people to stand up and offer thanks, many shared how much our friendship had changed their lives.
There is much to thanks about, indeed! The United States is now one of the fastest growing regions for Heart’s Home! Just this year, a group of four young adults launched a new Heart’s Home in Spokane, WA, on the campus of Gonzaga University. There, they strive to live and spread a “culture of compassion” among their fellow students and workers. Furthermore, I am delighted to announce to you that in 2012, we are to open a new Heart’s Home in Manhattan - a place where loneliness and despair strike us more and more every day. Finally, we just launched a new blog, that I invite you to visit, a blog that promotes a compassionate look on the world, a blog that Heart’s Home founder Fr. de Roucy describes as “down-to-earth, upright, and hope-giving.” www.landofcompassion.com.
As Christmas brings us the good news of God made one of us, we are eager to make this become real to others, and to bring His presence of comfort and love to those who long for it.
I wish you a Merry Christmas and I thank you all for your generosity!
May God grant you a beautiful year 2012 and bless you!
With my best wishes and all my gratitude,
Laetitia Palluat de Besset
President, Heart’s Home USA