Aside from its role as a giver of moral or spiritual guidance to its faithful, the Catholic Church as an institution has been also one of the prime mover for the social development of Cagayan de Oro City. The Catholic Church has contributed largely to the educational and cultural enrichment of the people of the city. Moreover, it has also been active in reaching out its charity work to the people especially the poor and the least fortunate.
One of the institutions established by the Catholic Church of the city to help the sick and the poor is the House of Hope Foundation Incorporated which is situated in Upper Palalan, Lumbia which is about 14 kilometers from the heart of the city. The foundation serves as custodial and care facility of mentally ill persons especially those that are abandoned by their families. The House of Hope Foundation Incorporated, the first of its kind in Mindanao, is established by the Archdiocese of Cagayan de Oro and is being run by the Congregation of the Mother of Carmel (CMC) nuns.
The charity foundation manages to get by on a shoestring with the donation given by its benefactors. Private individuals, civic groups and drug companies, in their own small way, have also given their fair share of charity by donating whatever they have such as food, clothing, medicines and other items that are needed by the patients. Volunteer medical service institutions such as the German Doctors Hospital and the Northern Mindanao Medical Center have given assistance to the foundation by way of availing the services of doctors, psychiatrists and other medical aid workers such as nurses and care givers.
True to their calling, the CMC nuns have followed the call of Jesus to serve God by giving their selfless services to the people who are poor and who are isolated from the mainstream society because of their mental illness. The doctors and other medical health workers and other people who give assistance to the foundations are also equally laudable because of their concern and generosity. It is by the grace of God that the foundation is able to sustain its operations and to realize its endeavor to help its poor patients despite the fact that it is only getting its resources from its kind benefactors.