Youth Shelters of Joy


Obras del Espiritu Santo has created the Youth Shelters of Joy program to serve at risk youth ages 18-25.

As Obras del Espiritu Santo collaborates with the national government of Costa Rica in providing shelter to children up to age 18, they have seen first hand the risks and challenges that come with “ageing out” of the shelters and the care provided there. Youth Shelters of Joy will work to provide additional support to vulnerable young people, while they study and receive the vocational training that will allow them to support themselves as young adults.

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Obras del Espiritu Santo is a social welfare organization, inspired by Catholic principles, which was founded in 2003. OES works to promote the dignified treatment of vulnerable populations, in an effort to maintain their dignity regardless of rage, language, religion, or nationality. The organization provides compressive physical, psychological, and spiritual care. Services in prevention and rehabilitation are also provided, including the development of skills and moral values that will enable beneficiaries to grow and have a better quality of life.

For more than fourteen years, the Asociación Obras del Espíritu Santo, has been working hand in hand with communities that are in conditions of vulnerability and exclusion, providing for their basic needs, bringing support, guidance and education to restore their moral and spiritual values, building a sense of belonging, teaching them to have respect for themselves and their neighbors, making sure they know their rights and responsibilities, and fostering working and income generating alternatives.

The AOES programs include (but are not limited to): medical and dental care, legal and spiritual counseling, sports and recreational activities, taking food out to the streets four nights a week, serving over a 1000 people each day; a soup kitchen that serves 600 meals a day; a regular supply of groceries and daycare shelter for the elderly community of Cristo Rey and neighboring areas; an after school program that helps 110 children with their homework every day; a shelter that offers full time care for children under the age of 15; and a daycare that provides attention for approximately 90 children, from infants to age 6, each day.

A monthly average of about 70,000 persons receive attention and/or participate and benefit from one or more of the programs that the Association offers. These beneficiaries are of all ages and from major urban areas of the country: San Jose– 35.000, Alajuela– 15.000 and Puntarenas– 20.000. It has affiliated organizations in New Jersey, Nicaragua and Guatemala. In addition, the organization has offered support to outlying areas, especially during times of emergency like the earthquake of January 2009 and the severe floods of November 2016.



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