Domond Foundation

Jeff C. Domond Foundation, Haiti
Box 1235, Claremont, CA 91711
Parishioner and Deacon Joe Domond
Annual Fundraising Gala
Saturday, April 22, 2023
6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Dinner, music, dancing, raffle and live auction
$80 per person
Reserve a seat or purchase tickets April 15-16
in the OLA  auditorium after all Masses.

OLA parishioners are invited to renew their support of the Domond Foundation’s work in Haiti by attending its annual fundraiser on Saturday, April 22 in Claremont. The gala at a private residence includes dinner, music, dancing and a live auction for $80 per person. Reservations will be available at an information table in the auditorium April 15-16 after all Masses or by calling Marissa Esquibel at (909) 851-5522. Deacon Joe Domond, who serves at OLA, established the foundation in 2006 as a memorial to his son Jeff. Since then it has grown to include a Catholic elementary school and medical clinic in rural Haiti, support for orphans, and clean water projects. Deacon Joe is currently in Haiti supervising the operation of a dialysis center, one of the few still operating in the capital of Port Au Prince which has been engulfed in gang violence. When fully operational, the clinic will provide medical, surgical, dental, vision and physical therapy services to the poor who have no other access to care.

For over 20 years, The Jeff. C. Domond Foundation has brought hope to the people of rural Haiti near Marbial. Deacon Joe Domond organized an annual medical mission to Haiti, one of the poorest countries in the world, beset by poverty and natural disasters. He took doctors, dentists, physical therapists, ophthalmologists and others to people who may never have received professional care. The mission trips ended with the pandemic of 2020-22. But the work of the Foundation continued.

Construction advanced on a small hospital  dedicated on June 15, 2022 (the date of Jeff Domond's birthday, see below). It is now being equipped for surgery and maternity care. A life-saving dialysis center in Port-au-Prince, in the capital, has been in operation during the pandemic in spite of the civil unrest there.  On frequent trips to Haiti, Deacon Joe supervises the progress of a building to house teachers at a Catholic elementary school supported by the Foundation. He also visits a girls' orphanage and oversees the clean water program for homes in the community.

This foundation was established in 2004 in memory of Jeff C. Domond, an OLA and Damien High School graduate and student at California State University, Fullerton. His parents, Joe and Rita Domond, have since been involved in building the future of Haiti through human development. Projects include an annual medical mission of local doctors, dentists and nurses, as well as volunteers from the OLA community. The foundation also supports a school of four classrooms with 100 students that incorporates Catholic teaching along with education to reduce illiteracy in Haiti. The foundation also subsidizes the salaries of 10 parochial school teachers. In addition, the foundation supports an orphanage for 76 children operated by the Sisters of St. Therese de l'Enfant Jesus. Future projects include relocation of the school to accommodate more students, and the construction of a filtered-water system for the school and community.
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