There are many houses in Bethlehem and in the surrounding area that are in dire need of repair. The Emergency Job Creation Program was established by the Franciscan Family Center to provide employment for local Christians who would be working on these houses so that they will be safe and livable again.
“IT IS BOTH A PAINFUL AND ENJOYABLE EXPERIENCE.
IT’S JUST LIKE CLIMBING A HIGH PEAK,
STEP BY STEP,
ACCOMPANIED WITH HARDSHIPS,
FRUSTRATION, ENCOURAGEMENT AND TRUST
AND WITH SO MANY KIND PEOPLE TO HELP.”
-Sr. Maria Grech, Project Director
As Project Director, Sr. Maria visits the local families, she assesses the various needs and assistance in each circumstance, and designates families in need of housing repairs that are unable to afford the work.
Sr. Maria goes on to say, “Life in this part of the world is far from normal, hard to predict and almost impossible to plan ahead. It is determination that leads us to keep working for a better tomorrow and a better future for our Christian families. We owe them this.” It will only be through the continued support of the Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land that these goals will be accomplished.