We are a grassroots organization providing sustainable housing, along with access to health care and education In Guatemala.
Our Official Beginning 2004: Joe Collins, Founder of From Houses to Homes
After visiting Guatemala in 2001 and experiencing the sub-standard living conditions first hand, Joe could not get the indelible picture of poverty out of his mind. A country filled with breathtaking volcanoes, verdant hillsides, tight-knit families, traditions and pride, however most of the indigenous people were living in squalor. The government programs to help the poor were, and continue to be, either ineffective or inadequate, not to mention discriminatory.
Joe decided to return to Guatemala as a volunteer. He volunteered over the next 2 years on 14 different occasions for another non profit organization. Joe believed if he started his own organization he could be sure that most of each dollar donated went to help the poor. In 2004 From Houses to Homes became a registered 501(c)3 in the state of New Jersey. The first home was built in 2005 by Joe, and Oscar along with the help of 2 young men that Joe had met while previously volunteering.
We started building homes in 2005, however we realized that housing, education and health care go hand-in-hand to break the cycle of poverty. “Escuela Kemna'oj” is a Pre K- 9th grade school, which we have operated since 2011. Many of the families whose children attend the school live in homes constructed by FHTH.
Responding to the need for quality health care we opened up St. Josephs Clinic in 2011. On average we treat 300 people a month, with approximately 65% of those being women/ girls.
Our programs in housing, education and health care have helped thousands of children and adults. Since 2004 From Houses to Homes has worked in a total of 21 communities.
In 2018 alone our organization has worked in 12 communities. These are shown in the map below.
From House to Homes aims to create pathways out of poverty by providing safe housing, education and health care.
Our vision for Guatemala is one in which every family has a safe roof over their heads, a country in which everyone can read and write and in which health – the ability to not just survive but thrive – is possible for all Guatemalans.