Mission, Vision & History
Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage: Guided by Faith, Inspired into Action
Outreach for Nazareth Orphanage (OFNO) is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization (FED ID#: 32-0431991) that works to support the fundraising and volunteer efforts that benefit Nazareth Orphanage, which provides a safe home environment for at-risk young boys in Tecate, Mexico.
Four times a year, OFNO volunteers participate in a Saturday visit to the orphanage in Tecate, painting, building, and repairing existing facilities.
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“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me…”
Family Togetherness is the mission that drives Nazareth Orphanage. It is the basis upon which the Sisters of the Sacred Heart and of the Poor founded the orphanage 50 years ago. Many of the young boys at Nazareth Orphanage are from families experiencing extreme hardships, and who are unable to care for their sons. In these circumstances, the Sisters encourage those parents to visit regularly, until they are one day able to permanently reunite as a family. Other orphans have deceased parents but relatives who cannot support them; and some have no one except the Sisters to call family.
Together, with the help of OFNO, the Sisters are dedicated to providing young boys, and eventually girls, with the necessities of food, shelter, clothing, and education; and helping the children develop the virtues of faith, hope, and love.
“Then the righteous will answer him and say, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you?”
Twenty years ago when Father Brian F. Kelly was a U.S. Navy Chaplain serving U.S. Marines at Camp Pendleton, Calif., he first visited Nazareth Orphanage. The purpose of that visit was to offer the time, treasure, and talent of Sailors and Marines to those families in need across the U.S.-Mexico border. Those initial volunteer efforts are now continued through OFNO, led by its President and Spiritual Moderator, Father Kelly.
Since that initial visit 20 years ago, volunteers have been assisting Nazareth Orphanage through fundraising and work projects that improve the campus infrastructure. In 2014, OFNO was established as a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, so that it could fundraise to benefit Nazareth Orphanage and the children it serves.
For the past 50 years, the orphanage has helped thousands of young boys; and with the aid of donors and the expansion of its campus facilities, Nazareth Orphanage can also help young girls.
A little love goes a long way:
Compassion in Motion
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50 years of caring, giving and continued hope.