Hogar de Cristo – Pastoral Associate
Year Founded: 1944
Population Served: People without stable homes who spend time on the streets
Organization Description: Hogar de Cristo (Home of Christ) is a Chilean NGO that provides over 800 projects that serve a variety of populations: women, homeless, people with alcohol and drug addictions, people who are unemployed, people with mental illness, disadvantaged children and youth, and elderly individuals. Hogar de Cristo was founded by Padre Alberto Hurtado, SJ to “create a home for those who do not have a roof.” Since its founding, Hogar de Cristo has expanded to become one of the predominant Chilean social service agencies.
JV’s Role: JVs have worked in either the men’s or women’s shelter in downtown Santiago. The JV works directly with the people served to provide programming and basic services, does street outreach, collaborates with social workers for case management, referrals, field visits and treatment plans, and conducts workshops.