What started as a ministry of Sacred Heart Church—a home for the aged where the elderly, especially women, received pastoral care from the Jesuits—flourished into what is known today as Villa Maria, a residence for women who are homeless and without children. It is a place of love where women can transition from crisis to self-sufficiency while living in a beautiful, safe, supportive, and spiritual community.
The building that houses Villa Maria today was built by Rev. James D. Loeffler, a Jesuit priest who served at Sacred Heart in the 1950's. This fund helps support Villa Maria's mission to instill hope and to inspire guests to overcome the crisis that brought them to Villa Maria's door.
Villa Maria houses 22 women without their families or children to center them on their journey to recovery and self-sufficiency. The program cares for the whole person and implements a holistic program that addresses physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual needs.
The services are a blessing for women who need help, and ultimately a great service to their families and the larger community. For more information about Villa Maria, click here.
Endowed funds provide a vehicle through which individuals make outright or planned gifts that will have an everlasting impact on the ministry/parish/school. In time the income generated by the gift will far exceed the original donation.
As a result, endowed funds provide a perpetual, supplemental source of income for such things as the enhancement of programs and ministries, facilities maintenance, scholarships and seminary assistance, priest retirement, etc. Learn more about endowed funds.
In addition to online donations, there are a variety of ways you can donate to support this fund.
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Monthly giving is a powerful way to provide sustainable, long-term support. As little as $20 (66 cents a day) can make a difference for the people helped by the parishes, schools, ministries, and charities in the Diocese of El Paso.
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Donors may create a Named Fund benefiting the endowed fund of their choice with a gift or pledge of $10,000 or more over a five-year period. If you're interested in creating a legacy in honor or memory of a loved one, contact us online or call (915) 872-8412.