Fr. Rick returns to Seattle!

This past Sunday the Friends of the Orphans Northwest family was blessed to have Father Rick Frechette visiting from Haiti. About seventy-five people gathered in the Rudolf family home, host family of Rodolfo, to hear Father Rick talk about the many programs of NPH Haiti. All of this year’s leadership students attended as well as charter class alum Jean Francois. Fr. Rick talked about the especially tough economic situation facing the Haiti home and programs that have brought very difficult decisions as they try to make do with less resources.

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Father Rick, on behalf of the St. Luke Foundation which helps fund the St. Luke Hospital as well as many other programs, received the prestigious Opus prize in recognition of the phenomenal impact the Hospital and the many other programs have had in the lives of thousands of Haitians. The Opus prize is a faith-based humanitarian award that gives one $1 millon award each year to a deserving organization. Here is a beautiful video put together by the Opus Prize in recognition of Fr. Rick and the St. Luke Foundation’s work:

Homelessness in Seattle

Today the Leadership Group had the opportunity to visit one of Seattle’s most established Tent Cities (https://sites.google.com/a/nickelsville.org/home/), Nickelsville.  This self-managed eco-village can provide shelter for up to 1,000 homeless men, women and children.  During the last two months, the leadership group has become very aware of the homeless population living in Seattle and they have had many questions and conversations surrounding this issue.

During our visit today, we were able to bring dinner and had the privilege of serving it to many of the people who live there.  The pizza was a big hit!

After dinner, we had a short tour of the village.  We learned about their community government, regulations, lack of electricity and running water and met their two goats!  Afterwards, we spent some time chatting and learning from the people who live there.  We hope to return again in the coming months to serve however we can and to get to know our neighbors better!

 

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