Glory House Services began when Idalbert Joseph, the founder and CEO, moved from Haiti to Kansas City and noticed that there were little to no resources for the Haitian community here. He then partnered with the University of Missouri – Kansas City to begin teaching the Creole language in addition to Haitian culture and traditions and from there the organization grew to include other services both in Kansas City and also in Haiti.
Joseph’s heart remains in Haiti, where he and the organization devote much of their time and resources to improve the lives of those living in impoverished areas with limited resources. Glory House Services does this primarily through educational services for Haitian communities. At the start of these services, the organization funded teachers in one community, paying each teacher $25 per month. Today, Glory House Services pays 21 teachers in three different locations, each teacher receiving $50 per month, double the salary they began with. In an area with very little, this salary provides so much for these teachers and their families. Teachers are paid from donations given to the organization and because of this, children in the communities are able to attend school for free, receiving the education they likely would not have been given the opportunity to experience without the support of the organization.
The biggest project that Glory House Services is currently working toward is creating their own community in Haiti. The goal of this project is to act as a community center that can house 40-50 families. They would like it to consist of a guesthouse for those visiting and also other buildings for the families to live in. Idalbert Joseph and Thomas Burns, the president of the organization, look forward to building something permanent for the families in this isolated area. It is a huge undertaking, not only financially with the project costing upwards of $350,000 but also logistically, as most of the resources will need to come from the capital of Haiti and be transported to the northwest area where the community will be located.
In the end, however, it all comes down to the mission of Joseph and the other organization leaders. The mission of Glory House Services can be summed up by the words of the founder and CEO himself. Joseph states, “We try to be a difference maker in this area.” His team is committed to the well-being of the people of Haiti, that they would receive proper support and opportunities. This care is evident by the works and goals of Joseph and Burns, the other organization members, and all who support through volunteering and donations.
Glory House Services has many events throughout the year to inform and teach about Haitian culture and also events to aid in raising the money necessary to complete this project and to maintain the work they are already doing. They participate in the annual Kansas City Ethnic Enrichment Festival, symposium, fundraising Gala in the fall, a picnic day in partnership with other organizations, and language courses throughout the year.
If you are interested in learning more about the organization, please visit their website at www.gloryhousekc.org.
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