Turning a House into a Home

Late last year SJV’s Mission Team members began working on a project to build a house for a needy family in Eagle Pass, TX. This time, however, it wasn’t just another family. To the team members, they are family. Edgar and Rosa Linda Flores lived with their 5 children in a small, unsafe, overcrowded and substandard house. After inspecting it, the Mission Team determined that the home was beyond repair. Along with Edgar, Rosa Linda and the older children, they set out to build a new house for the Flores family. Just a few months later and after impeccable planning and hard work, the Team completed the house.

Not only did the team build the house, but they invited other parishioners to join in the effort and help furnish the house for this family. Several parishioners packed up their cars and trucks and helped turn this house into a home!  We thank everyone involved in this project for their hard work and their generosity, and we invite you to continue to pray for our Mission Team members and for more SJV parishioners to join our Mission Team!  To view photos of the entire project, visit our photo gallery.

As if building and furnishing an entire house wasn’t enough, current and former team members stepped up to serve as project leaders for the Houston Catholic High Schools Spring Break Mission Projects. The schools’ leadership worked to put this mission together, but it wouldn’t have happened without SJV volunteers’ contributions.

Participating schools included Strake Jesuit College Prep, Cristo Rey Jesuit, St. Pius and St Thomas Catholic Schools. The projects included roofing, siding and painting at the Magnificat House Donna Marie in Pasadena, re-building the fence at the Maryknoll house in Rice Village and roofing a Cristo Rey house near the school. We again thank all the team members who went above and beyond the call in guiding and mentoring our youth!