Viator House of Hospitality (VHH) provides compassionate accompaniment of young adult male immigrants seeking legal relief.
Established January 17, 2017 by the Clerics of St. Viator, Viator House of Hospitality provides a supportive living environment where these young men can attend school, improve their language skills, grow spiritually and emotionally, receive medical attention, and work while they await court proceedings that determine whether they can become U.S. citizens. If approved to pursue citizenship, they can remain at VHH for a period of time as they begin to build a life here.
Viator House of Hospitality staff includes:
- Br. Michael Gosch, C.S.V., co-director who coordinates house logistics/supervision and the educational, psychological, and employment program.
- Fr. Corey Brost, C.S.V., co-director who coordinates volunteers and the house’s interfaith spiritual life.
- Sr. Rayo Cuaya-Castillo, S.H., caseworker for the participants who helps them identify and meet their educational, emotional and personal growth needs.
- Marianne Dilsner, caseworker and daytime shift supervisor, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
- Michael Yemane, weekday evening shift supervisor who oversees the evening life of the house, 3-11 p.m., Monday-Friday.
- Tony Diaz, weekend and weekday morning shift supervisor.
- Brian Hansen, part-time shift supervisor.
- Karen Cutler, who manages and responds to donations.
- Susana Tellez, assistant daytime house supervisor.
Volunteers are critical to the success of Viator House of Hospitality. Volunteers who serve during weekday or weekend shifts allow staff members the freedom to leave the house for appointments. Volunteers who tutor, mentor or provide on or off-site activities are critical to the ongoing educational, spiritual, cultural and emotional growth of the participants. For immigrants to successfully integrate into a culture, they must be surrounded by a network of supportive and affirming relationships. Volunteers and staff “accompany” participants while they live at the house. That means we are present in their lives to learn from them while we help them learn and grow.