St. Matthew's Church Goes to Haiti!
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St. Matthew's Church Goes to Haiti!
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Hi Everyone!

We are a group of 12 students and 1 chaperone from St. Matthew's Parish in Southborough, MA, who will be traveling to the Be Like Brit Orphanage in Grand Goave, Haiti in June 2018. 

Brit's Home in Haiti was built to honor the memory of Britney Gengel, who died tragically in the 2010 earthquake in Haiti along with approximately of 300,000 others. To honor her life and to honor her commitment to those less fortunate among us, her parents built this home and are now working towards fulfilling their Vision to raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti. To find more information about this incredible organization and the amazing Gengel family, check out! :)

During our stay there we will be building a house for a family in the community in addition to spending time with the best 66 kids of all time who now live at Brit's Home. We are SO excited, and are counting down the days until our trip! As you can imagine, the cost of the trip is expensive, because in addition to our travel, food, accommodations, and transportation costs, we also supply the materials needed to build the house along with a bed, mattress, sheets, a stove, charcoal, and food for the family. If you can consider donating to our trip in any way, we would so greatly appreciate it! Any financial contribution is tax deductible, and can be completed directly on this fundraising page. Thank you all in advance for your support--we are so grateful for you! :)


St. Matthew's Britsionarys 2018


ABOUT Britsionary Program2

Donations support one of the following:

Britsionarys in need of financial support:

Britsionarys who cannot afford the cost of the trip alone, can use our pages to ask family and friends for financial support. Donations help to cover the cost of the Britsionary's trip (lodging/food/transportation/insurance/etc.) until they have reached their total amount due for their trip. Once they have reached this amount, any additional donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Fundraising for the children at BLB:

Britsionarys who are paying for the entire trip themselves, can choose to fundraise for the children at Brit's Home and support our mission. All donations will go directly to a Be Like Brit general fund to support the children at Brit's Home.

Any donations/payments raised over the total amount due for the Britsionary's trip, will go to Brit's Home to support the children who live there.


What does it mean to be a “Britsionary”? Being a Britsionary means different things to everyone, but in essence it means you are continuing the compassion of Britney Gengel. Britsionarys travel to Haiti and work side-by-side with Haitian workers and interact with the children at BLB - to achieve a common goal - to fulfill Britney's last wish to help the children of Haiti.

Our Britsionarys have diverse backgrounds, experiences, and skills yet they are able to work together to help bring hope to the children of  Brit's Home. In our past trips, we have had students, nurses, social workers, teachers, mothers and sons, fathers and daughters - and everyone has played an essential role in building Brit's Home and making our children feel deserving of love. We have also been blessed to have skilled tradespeople such as carpenters, plumbers, and electricians donate their time and teach their Haitian counterparts their skills and techniques. 

Our Britsionary Program was created to provide an opportunity for volunteers to gain a better understanding of global partnerships and cultures. Short-term Britsionary groups take a 1 week service trip to Brit's Home in Haiti, to help with youth and community outreach projects and immerse themselves in the beautiful Haitian culture. This program gives young adults an opportunity to enhance their understanding of poverty and development while also broadening their global perspective. For non-medical Britsionarys, the mornings are spent building a home for a family in need in our community, and the afternoons are spent doing programatic activities with the children (field trips, coloring, games, learning activities, etc.). For medical Britsionarys, the mornings and some afternoons are spent working in the BLB or local public clinic, and the remaining time is spent with the children and the Britsionary group.


About Be Like Brit

In many ways, Britney Gengel of Rutland Massachusetts was a typical 19-year-old young woman, but her humor, passion and deep sense of caring for those less fortunate made her memorable to all who met her. It was her compassion for others that brought Britney to Haiti on January 11, 2010, just a day before a catastrophic earthquake claimed an estimated 230,000 lives and rocked the small, poverty-stricken country. Britney had spent the day visiting a Haitian orphanage where she and fellow students of Lynn University, met the Haitian orphans they had traveled so far to help. Just a few hours later, Britney, three of her fellow students, and two Lynn University professors lost their lives in the rubble of the Hotel Montana in Port-Au-Prince. Britney was missing for 33 days before her remains were recovered.

Fortunately, Britney’s dream did not die with her. Only hours before the earthquake, Britney sent a text message to her family that read:

“They love us so much and everyone is so happy. 
They love what they have and they work so hard to get nowhere, yet they are all so appreciative. I want to move here and start an orphanage myself.”
- Britney Gengel, 3 hours before the earthquake

These forty words would sustain Britney’s family through the tragedy and, ultimately, serve as the driving force behind the establishment of Be Like Brit and the decision to build an orphanage in Grand Goâve for the children of Haiti. 

Our Mission: Our commitment is to continue the compassion of Britney Gengel by serving the children of Haiti and sustaining a safe, nurturing home, rooted in the virtues of Faith, Hope, and Love, while developing a sense of social responsiblity, community involvement, and unconditional love.
Our Vision: To raise the next generation of leaders in Haiti.

Be Like Brit Foundation, Inc. is an official U.S. 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, tax ID #27-1857525.

Name Date Amount Comments
Tom Foley 06/21/2018 $100.00 Great effort. Good luck!!
Anonymous Friend 05/17/2018 $330.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/17/2018 $305.00  
Michele Pierce 05/17/2018 $650.00  
Anne Elfland 05/17/2018 $190.00  
St Matthew Parish 05/17/2018 $1,400.00  
Carolyn Houley 05/16/2018 $800.00 For John H. Good Luck and Godspeed!
Anonymous Friend 05/16/2018 $510.00  
Anonymous Friend 05/16/2018 $500.00  
Lindsey Duquette 05/14/2018 $400.00 for Lindsey
Paige Morse 05/13/2018 $20.00 For paige
Owen Morse 05/13/2018 $50.00 Good luck Paige Morse!
Brad Morse 05/13/2018 $100.00 Make a difference.
Anonymous Friend 05/11/2018 $500.00  
Nick Canzoneri 05/11/2018 $5.00 for paige
Lorrie Chiappetta 05/05/2018 $50.00  
Joseph Barrow 05/04/2018 $25.00 God bless
Meagan Rose King 05/03/2018 $1,400.00  
Isabella Callery 05/03/2018 $50.00  
Anonymous Friend 04/29/2018 $400.00 For Lindsey Duquette
Erika Lewy 04/26/2018 $20.00 For Caroline Elfland!! Very inspiring.
Wanda Reed 04/24/2018 $25.00 So Proud of you Paige!
Darrick Morse 04/22/2018 $100.00 Paige Morse. Very Proud of you!
Craig Morse 04/20/2018 $100.00 Paige Morse Doing good
Mary Keaveney Szaro 04/20/2018 $40.00 Caroline Elfland, your proud grandmother told me about your mission, and I am so happy to support you in your efforts. Peace.
Patrick Healey 04/18/2018 $100.00 Such a great cause and so impressed with your dedication, Taylor! Good luck with this year's mission. Love ya!
Patty Ruggirello 04/17/2018 $100.00 So proud of you Taylor.Safe travels and God bless you and the students.
Mary Baldelli 04/17/2018 $25.00 For Caroline Elfland. What a great organization to be helping! Safe travels.
Mary-Jo Sunnerberg 04/17/2018 $100.00 Thanks Caroline, what you're doing is wonderful. xo, MJ & Sunny
John Foley 04/17/2018 $500.00 For Kathryn Walsh's efforts
James Flynn 04/17/2018 $500.00 Best of luck!
Paige Morse 04/16/2018 $20.00 For Paige Morse
Len Jellesma 04/16/2018 $100.00 Good for you Lexie !Thanks for making a difference.
Melissa Heyward 04/16/2018 $20.00 You are such a good person, Taylor! So glad to know a person like you
Valerie Chabot 04/16/2018 $50.00 For Paige Morse-what a wonderful experience. Have a great trip!
Nicole Chabot 04/16/2018 $25.00 Paige Morse
Derek Wessman 04/16/2018 $50.00 For Paige Morse
Anonymous Friend 04/15/2018 $50.00 Have a wonderful trip! Thanks for doing this great work!
Erin Healey Janides 04/15/2018 $100.00 Taylor Marek - you continue to make me proud! The world is a better place because of you!
Unni Mahany 04/15/2018 $50.00  
Ian Hurd 04/09/2018 $100.00 For Bella Callery Good luck to all of you! From, the Hurd Family
Brian Buckley 04/06/2018 $100.00  
Rob Picking 04/06/2018 $50.00 Lexie
Norman Quinton 04/05/2018 $100.00 Great work! For a great cause!
Gabrielle Bilotta 04/05/2018 $50.00 Thanks for all you do to make the world a better place, Taylor!
Meagan Rose King 04/04/2018 $700.00 For Meagan's trip!
Greg Day 04/04/2018 $50.00 great work!
Woody Healey 04/04/2018 $50.00  
Rick Olson 04/04/2018 $50.00 great job Lexi
Lexie-Paige Boucher 04/04/2018 $250.00  
Michael Varous 04/04/2018 $25.00  
Jim Zinkus 04/04/2018 $50.00 Way to go Lexi!
Richard Boucher 04/03/2018 $100.00 Lexie- We are so proud of your unselfishness and dedication to helping others. We love you so much! Mom& Dad
Meaghan Merrill 04/02/2018 $30.00 So proud of you!
Susan Calderara 04/01/2018 $25.00 Morgan Pierce
Jim Kasparian 03/31/2018 $50.00 for Isabella callery
Joyce Sarantides 03/30/2018 $100.00 Caroline, We are also so very proud of you. This is a great opportunity for you! We love you so much honey!
Caroline Walsh 03/30/2018 $100.00 Donation for Caroline Merrill. Phenomenal opportunity. Can’t wait to hear all about it Caroline. Best of luck xx
Kathleen Merrill 03/30/2018 $100.00 Caroline, thank YOU for doing this! Hope you have a great trip! Love you honey! Love, The Merrill Family
Caroline Merrill 03/30/2018 $100.00 Great job!
Matthew Mitchell 03/30/2018 $100.00 Good luck, you are making a difference in peoples lives. Matt
Patrick Merrill 03/30/2018 $100.00 Have a blast down there! And stop by the crib before that long flight!
Janice Merrill 03/29/2018 $50.00 I am so very proud of you Caroline. Love you so much, Auntie Jan xox
Bri Maher 03/29/2018 $30.00  
Pam Cahill 03/29/2018 $100.00 Caroline, You have morphed from an adorable little girl into a woman whose beauty is not just skin deep, one with a kind and generous spirit. Have a safe trip - we’ll want to hear about it for sure! So Proud to be your neighbors, Pam & Jim
St Matthew Parish 03/28/2018 $5,650.00  
Elizabeth Calmar 03/27/2018 $200.00 What an inspiring mission, Morgan! We are all so supportive of what you and your group will be doing. Love, Aunt Elizabeth
Lauren Dunlay 03/27/2018 $100.00 For Isabella Callery
Robert Madaio 03/26/2018 $200.00 Isabella Callery we are so excited for you and proud of you!
Carmella DeSimone 03/26/2018 $50.00 Tayor Rose shine and rise, be safe!
Cathy Basrak 03/21/2018 $150.00 Isabella Callery
Beth Francis 03/20/2018 $50.00 For Isabella Callery
Colleen Hankins 03/19/2018 $100.00 Good luck Bella Callery! Love, The Hankins Family
Kerry Strollo 03/19/2018 $100.00 Goodluck Bellaboo! Love, the Strollo's
Denise Galvin 03/19/2018 $100.00 Bella Callery- Good Luck Bella! The Galvin Family
Evan Haberman 03/19/2018 $100.00 In support of Isabella Callery!!!!
Maura Barbato 03/19/2018 $25.00 For Maria Monje
Mary Smith 03/19/2018 $50.00 For Isabella callery
Hallie Burak 03/18/2018 $100.00 For Taylor Marek and all she does! Love, Kerry and Jason Burak
Heidi Graff 03/18/2018 $50.00 God Bless Taylor. Stay in touch!
Donna Callery 03/18/2018 $100.00 Isabella Callery
Valarie Clemente-Crain 03/18/2018 $100.00 Bella Callery - Wishing you and your group a meaningful experience - much love!
Ray Anstiss 03/18/2018 $100.00 Great Job Isabella
Bill Shiner 03/16/2018 $100.00 For Maria Monje were proud of you Bill and Nicki
James Donovan 03/15/2018 $100.00 Good luck Taylor! Love, James Donovan
Anonymous Friend 03/15/2018 $300.00 God bless to all the people behind this project for you have done what God wants us to do.
Ellen O'Connor 03/14/2018 $100.00 So proud of you Taylor!
Anonymous Friend 03/14/2018 $500.00 In support of your good and generous heart! ❤️
Lisa Duquette 03/10/2018 $50.00 What a great thing your doing Paige ! Have fun and be safe !
Susan Berthiaume 03/05/2018 $50.00 Caroline Elfland you are our family's "Fearless Girl" Love you and very proud of you! Go with God
Colleen Foley 03/04/2018 $50.00 Good luck Maria Monje!
Kim Cormier 02/27/2018 $25.00 For Maria Monje
Jonathan Harvey 02/27/2018 $50.00 What an amazing program!
James Nunn 02/25/2018 $50.00  
Hung Trinh 02/25/2018 $50.00 For Maria Monje
Ricardo Monje 02/24/2018 $40.00 For Maria Monje's expenses
Doreen Bauckman 02/18/2018 $50.00  
Mr. & Mrs. Ross Krinsky 02/15/2018 $500.00  
Nicole Simmons 02/14/2018 $50.00 For Caroline Elfland - good luck!
Steven Bristol 02/14/2018 $50.00 Caroline Elfland
Timothy Barry 02/14/2018 $50.00 For Paige Morse.
Anonymous Friend 02/14/2018 $1.00 For Lindsey Duquette
Lisa Pazol 02/14/2018 $25.00 Good luck!
Nancy Elfland 02/13/2018 $50.00  
Anne Ross 02/11/2018 $25.00 Good luck Paige Morse!
Anne Elfland 02/11/2018 $200.00 Caroline Elfland -- proud of you!
Diane Koziel 02/11/2018 $50.00 Caroline and friends what an amazing experience. Thank you for helping.
Maura O'Shea-Johnson 02/11/2018 $25.00 For : Caroline Elfland
Dylan Berthiaume 02/11/2018 $25.00 So proud of Caroline Elfland!! We love you!
Gregory Manousos 02/10/2018 $100.00 Paige Morse. Go Paige!
Terry Morse 02/10/2018 $200.00 Good luck Paige. We’re very proud of you!!!
Sarah Martin 02/03/2018 $50.00 Way to go, Paige! It’s wonderful you’re doing this trip, have a great time!
Lynn Somers 02/03/2018 $50.00 Prayers for a fruitful trip Paige Morse!
Alec Somers 02/03/2018 $20.00 Paige Morse
Sydney Duquette 02/03/2018 $20.00 Paige Morse
Maria Morales Monje 11/25/2017 $100.00  
St Matthew Parish 09/15/2017 $1,300.00  
  Total $24,151.00  
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