Paper Houses Across the Border

Mission Statement

Paper Houses Across the Border is a 501(3)(c) corporation and our mission is to improve the quality of life for American families and for the impoverished families living in the colonias by working cooperatively with the families and institutions in the colonias.

Our Purpose

Provide people the startling experience o f mission and selfless charity in the colonias of Mexico . With God’s help Paper Houses will reduce the number o f starving children throughout the world by helping to instill compassion in a generation that hears and responds to the cries of those in need.


1. Respect the culture o f the people we serve.
2. Respect dignity o f work and self-achievement.
3. Strive to improve the quality o f life in the colonias by working with the people to support pro jects that help our friends succeed in business , home ownership , and programs that provide food , shelter and love for the most neglected.
4. Always engage in behavior that is beyond ethical reproach and respects the customs, laws , and belie fs o f the people .

Respecting a culture is more than simply enjoying traditional dances and songs. It also includes accepting local me thods o f construction . Respecting a culture means listening to how and why things are done a certain way and not assuming that we know be tter.


1. Life and individual religious belie fs are sacred and respected .
2. We value customs and traditions .
3. Our role is to provide support, friendship , material, and guidance to help the people o f the colonias resolve problems . Our role in the lives o f U .S. families is to facilitate a meaning ful relationship with the people o f the colonias that improves their spiritual life and promo tes happiness .
4. Our focus is the colonia (neighborhood) and we work with the residents at the basic neighborhood level
5. The children o f the colonias are our most valuable asset.
6. We exist to work in partnership with the people o f the colonias by servicing their needs and within their guidelines.
7. People should be treated fairly and equitably in recognition o f basic human dignity and as a means o f enriching life.
8. Face to face encounters , through mission experiences, are the best way to accomplish our purpose and mission.



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