Helping the Homeless in Bogotá, Colombia
Padre Ramón Giraldo was dedicated to his parishioners in Bogotá, Colombia. In addition to healing their souls, he gave food to those in need.
But the Padre noticed something.
There was one group that came almost every day for meals. All of them were older or disabled and long forgotten by their families. They would eat, then leave the church to sleep on the streets of Bogotá.
It weighed heavy on his heart to see them go, to brave the elements with no place to stay, many falling prey to criminals. He knew it was his calling to do something and in 2004, the Padre asked them to live with him.
That was the birth of the Santa María de Guadalupe Home for people with disabilities and the elderly.
In 2014 they moved to the countryside for fresh air and more space. Today, more than 50 people now call the Parcelas neighborhood, just outside of Bogotá, home.
The FedEx Express team in Colombia knew that Padre Ramón relies on individuals and corporations to help, so they went to work.
See how the team’s Community Relations Board, part of the FedEx Entrega program under FedEx Cares, helps Padre Ramón and other organizations make a difference in Bogotá.