North America, Central America & Caribbean

See our projects in North America.

Canada

After World War II, Canada was touted as the promised land for many incoming migrants. In response to an overflow of migrants entering the country in the late 1940’s the Scalabrinians opened different missions for migrants across the country. In the next several decades, the Scalabrinians established new programs and services to migrants through migrant centers and intercultural parishes.

Currently, Scalabrinian missionaries are working with migrants in 16 intercultural Parishes across Canada: Burnaby, Hamilton, Lasalle, Laval, Mississauga, Montréal, St. Leonard, Thornhill, Thunder Bay, Toronto, Vancouver and Windsor; as well as in Montréal at the Center for Migrants St. Rita.

New Projects

  • Creating a publication on Canadian Migration Policies.
  • Supporting the Center for Migrants in Montréal.

  • United States of America

    For centuries, the United States has welcomed millions of migrants. Historically, the country was known as the land of plenty for the migrant masses far from its shores, enticing many to risk their lives for a chance at a better future in the States. Despite economic hardships in recent years, and ever-fluctuating immigration legislation, the United States still remains a top destination for many. In the name of their founder, the Bishop John Baptist Scalabrini, who supported millions of Italians migrating to the US in the late 1800’s, the current Scalabrinian presence in the United States of America serves incoming migrants and refugees just as their predecessors did: with compassion and generosity.

    Currently, Scalabrinian missionaries are working with migrants in 32 intercultural Parishes across the United States: Atlanta, Brooklyn, Chicago, Cincinnati, Delray Beach, Everett, Framingham, Houston, Immokalee, Irving, Kansas City, Los Angeles, Margate, Melrose Park, Mitchellville, Mount Vernon, New York, Oak Park, Providence, Riverdale Park, San Jose, Somerville, Stone Park, Sun Valley, Washington D.C., and Winter Garden; 3 nursing homes in Providence, Bowie and Los Angeles; a clinic in Delray Beach; 7 Centers for Migrants, in Brooklyn, Chicago, Everett, Framingham, New York, Providence and Riverdale Park; a Center for Migration Studies in Manhattan, New York; and a Formation House in Sun Valley.


    Mexico

    In recent decades, thousands of desperate migrants have struggled to cross the Mexico-US border, risking starvation, extreme desert heat, organized crime and violence in search of a better life. As border missionaries, the Scalabrinians have pitched their tents nearby, ready to serve migrants in any capacity.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians run 3 Welcoming Centers (Casas del Migrante) in Tijuana, Nuevo Laredo and Tapachula. They also run 2 Formation Houses in Mexico City and Guadalajara.

    New Projects

  • Supporting programs and services of the Centers for Migrants (Casas del Migrante).
  • Supporting Training and Formation Programs.
  • Guatemala

    The Scalabrinians arrived in Guatemala in 1992 to serve in two distinct locations: along the Mexico-Guatemala border, where a nearly 40-year long civil war and its resulting violence and terror led many to flee; and in Guatemala City, where deportees and migrants often found themselves starving and homeless.

    The Scalabrinians created and currently run 2 Welcoming Centers for Migrants (Casas del Migrante) in Guatemala City and Tecún Umán; 1 Parish in Tecún Umán; 1 Formation House in Guatemala City; and support the National Commission of Pastoral Care for Migrants of the Conference of the Catholic Bishops of Guatemala.

    New Projects

  • Supporting training programs and services for migrants in the Welcoming Centers of Guatemala City and Tecún Umán.
  • Supporting the Formation Program in Guatemala City.

  • Haiti

    Haiti, a gorgeous Caribbean island known for its pristine beaches, is also rife with endemic poverty and social inequality. For many Haitians, their dreams can only come true elsewhere, and emigration seems the only solution. The Scalabrinians, present in Haiti since 2000, have increased their programs within the country to support the victims of the devastating 2010 earthquake that devastated part of the country.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians are running a Medical Center in Croix-des-Bouquets, which receives over 350 patients a day; a Primary and School for 900 children in Croix-des-Bouquets and Camp Corail; a Formation House in Croix-des-Bouquets; and a Parish and Multipurpose Facility in Camp Corail. In addition, the Scalabrinian are building houses and a Youth Center and promoting job creation programs in Croix-des-Bouquets.

    New Projects

  • Building 20 new homes for the displaced people from the 2010 earthquake.
  • Building a Youth Center.
  • Supporting the Schools for at-risk students in Croix-des-Bouquets and Camp Corail.
  • Supporting patients at the Scalabrinian Medical Center.

  • El Salvador

    The Scalabrinians began their mission in El Salvador in 2013, to protect those fleeing the country from poverty and violence and to support deportees in their process of reintegration within local communities.

    Currently, the Scalabrinians are running a Center for Migrants in San Salvador.

    New Projects

  • Building a new Center for Migrants and supporting its programs and services for emigrants and deportees.