In 2001 Mustard Seed Communities expanded to Dominican Republic to provide residential care to children with disabilities, many of whom had been abandoned. MSC acquired property in the small town of Cangrejo on the outskirts of Puerto Plata and constructed a home called Hogar Immanuel.
In 2007 Mustard Seed Communities purchased an adjoining piece of property to expand the home to meet the growing need to provide care to children and young adults with disabilities. Today, the fully developed property includes 4 cottages, a physiotherapy room, chapel and on-site mission volunteer housing. The expansion has doubled Mustard Seed’s capacity to care for children and young adults, enabling the organization to serve a greater population of the most vulnerable children in Dominican Republic. When it reaches full capacity, Hogar Immanuel will provide loving care for 48 children and young adults with disabilities.
Children & Adults with Disabilities
Hogar Immanuel is presently home to more than 38 children and young adults. More than 20 employees, including a physical therapist and nurse, work together to care for the children and ensure that their daily needs are met. Several of the children attend physical therapy, occupational therapy, and special education classes.
Hogar Immanuel is a loving and caring home where residents thrive, each one reaching their full potential. Residents like Brailin, who has Down Syndrome and came to Hogar Immanuel in 2010 after his mother passed away. He is often described as the life of Hogar Immanuel by volunteers and caregivers alike. He has made incredible progress over the years in his development, showing great strength and perseverance in the face of his challenges. He enjoys attending school and anything to do with art and music. It is extremely rewarding to witness the progress Brailin, and all the residents, have made as a result of the therapy and the level of care they receive at MSC.
Christ in the Garbage Ministries
The Christ in the Garbage school closed in January of 2016. The Sosua landfill was sold to a private company in July of 2016, eliminating MSC's access to serve the communities who historically subsided on the dump. As an organization, we continue our commitment to uplifting entire communities, and will evaluate how best to serve this area near our home in the face of change.
Stay tuned for updates on the Christ in the Garbage program, and for ways that you can support the communities and families we serve.