Viator House of Hospitality quietly reached its second anniversary in January, but work supporting its young immigrant men seeking asylum, never stops.
Now, word of the home and its mission is drawing increased attention. In the latest online edition of the National Catholic Reporter, Viator House of Hospitality is featured in a long article as an alternative to being placed in adult detention while awaiting their asylum hearings.
The house currently serves as home to 23 young men from 10 countries, and they have a waiting list. Br. Michael Gosch, CSV, who directs the house with Fr. Corey Brost, CSV, says they hope to accept three more men in the coming weeks who are being released from adult detention.
“They are all doing well,” Br. Gosch reports. “We have three who are in college, and several have graduated from high school.”
Getting residents to school, jobs and other activities continues — with the aid of volunteers — while staff members support them with case management and access to medical care, as well as language skills and meeting their spiritual and emotional needs.
“The need is urgent,” Fr. Brost says. “According to the border patrol, there are nearly 60,000 unaccompanied minors crossing the border each year, or more than 200,000 who entered the United States between 2014-2017, without parents or adult guardians.
“They have come from all over the world,” he adds, “and they have fled for their lives from violence in their homelands.”
He adds that welcoming these young men is rooted in the Viatorian mission of accompanying young people — as well as those “accounted of little importance.”