The “Albergue Santa Madre / Santa Madre Homeless Shelter” was founded by GOD’S CHILD Project founder Patrick Atkinson in 2005 in response to the torching of a young homeless boy who had been sleeping in the streets of Antigua Guatemala. It is the region’s only emergency shelter and presently serves an average of 115 people a night, including homeless and lost children, women who have fled domestic violence, oftentimes with children in tow and infants in arms, chemically-afflicted adults, and human trafficking victims rescued by ANA staff and volunteers.
The Santa Madre Homeless Shelter provides safety and shelter, meals and snacks, basic medical care, clothing, and counseling. Unaccompanied minors are referred into ANA’s foster care program, while battered or human trafficked women and children receive special attention. Chemically-afflicted adults and teens interested in living a drug-free life, are referred into the ANA-supported Talita Kumi Drug and Alcohol Residential Treatment Center.