In 1987, Rev. Joseph Diaz began to notice a disturbing trend in the cold night shelters, there was a steady increase in families with children. He decided his church, the Cathedral Church of St. Peter (Episcopal) would initiate a coalition of churches, to create an alternative option to emergency shelters, which were proven to be poorly equipped to handle families. These founders sought to create an environment providing time, space, and support services which would enable families experiencing homelessness to rebuild their lives.
Resurrection House began operating as a nonprofit corporation in 1988 after buying an apartment complex to serve as transitional housing for families with children.
In 1998, we launched a two-year capital campaign to raise $2 million in funds for a new campus that doubled the organization’s capacity.
Since 1987, over 500 families have been participants in the Resurrection House program.