Viator House of Hospitality reached its sixth anniversary on Tuesday, giving us all reasons to be joyful. In emailing his hundreds of supporters, community partners and volunteers, Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, Executive Director, said simply: “You’ve helped us work miracles.”
Just take a look at the numbers: In all, Viator House has been home to 97 men from 23 nations since it opened Jan. 17, 2017. Of those, 31 have been reunited with family members across the U.S., while 18 of them have graduated from high school and another 11 have taken college courses. So far, 22 have earned greater independence with a driver’s license and 21 have moved into a shared apartment since 2020.
The home’s staff provides each resident with an array of services, with the help of more than 70 volunteers and more than 550 donors.
“Keep learning with us,” says Fr. Brost added, “keep learning why your support is so important.”
He invites interested supporters to hear a presentation about U.S. asylum system and how it treats children coming alone to this country seeking refuge. Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, Director of Programs and Housing, will share how he had the vision for Viator House. He also will show how Viator House responds to the needs of young people so far from home. The free presentation takes place at 7 p.m. Jan. 30 in the community center at St. Raymond de Penafort Parish in Mount Prospect, which Br. Gosch attended while growing up.
Happy birthday to the international, interfaith family that is Viator House of Hospitality!