Sponsors and Supporters,
St. Joe Haiti Outreach Newsletter Summer 2022
We are pleased to have this opportunity to update you on our mission and programs. We thank you for all your support of our students and our work with our needy brothers and sisters in Haiti. In this newsletter, we have a report on our recent trip to St. Jacques parish, give you a report on our Hearts and Hands for Haiti event, give you a status update on the computer lab / school improvement project, and provide information on other outreach activities.
Hearts and Hands for Haiti Report: Hearts & Hands for HAITI – a Dinner, Dance and Auction Event – was held in the St. Joe gymnasium on May 7. The event had a number of purposes: an opportunity to gather family, friends and parishioners after being cooped up far too long by the effects of covid; a chance to rekindle relationships with past travelers and supporters of our Haiti mission, as well as share our hearts and stories with new supporters; and finally, to raise funds to expand our high school and the addition of a computer lab complete with computers, furnishings and solar power.
The event was a huge success and a great time was had by all. Over 350 guests and volunteers were in attendance. Olivia DeWeese and Eric Reffett were our Emcees for the evening and Superior Entertainment provided music. A number of sponsors and very special guests were in attendance, including Fr. Dubois, our pastor at St. Jacques Parish in Haiti, and members of the Angermeier family who presented a very generous donation in remembrance of their parents, Bob and Edna.
A delicious dinner was served by St. Joe’s dinner committee lead by Imogene Baehl. A live auction followed the dinner following the dinner with many great items being auctioned along with acceptance of cash donations to purchase specific furnishings for the computer lab. We had over 100 silent auction items and baskets that were awarded to the highest bidders.
Simply put, it was an amazing display of love and support by our church family, our Haiti Outreach supporters and our community. The event, raised around $90 K and along with the generous $100K donation in by the Angermeir’s we have enough to completely fund the building project, which has already begun on our high school campus in Plaine du Nord.
TOGETHER, we can do amazing things and make a difference in the lives of children and families in Haiti!
We want to thank all those who attended and supported the event and to thank all the folks who worked so hard to make this event such a success.