Dear Friends and Family,
Last year, Jean went blind from a rare medical condition. Her immune system began rejecting her own corneas, even though they aren’t transplants. The disease primarily affects her vision, but she has many other symptoms as well. She has gained a lot of weight, and for many months she couldn’t get out of bed because of pain. Dealing with her sudden loss of sight was as hard on her emotions as it was on her body. She was shocked by her misfortune and discouraged by the sudden disability which upended her life and made all of her normal daily tasks almost impossible. Her boyfriend Robert stopped working and assumed the responsibility of caring for her full-time.
At the beginning of March, we hosted our first ever Lenten Soul Food Fundraising Dinner. We packed over 60 donors, friends, and family into our volunteer houses to serve them authentic soul food. All the dishes were prepared by a family from the neighborhood that we have known for over 10 years.
Each year, the DC house is assigned a Dominican student brother who spends a semester with us ministering to the families we help. This is how Bro. Peter Gautsch, OP, came to know A Simple House. When the election of Pope Francis was announced 2 years ago, Bro. Peter and I were riding around delivering lasagnas. We arrived at one family’s home and found them watching Pope Francis on TV! →