(Established on Sept. 1, 2002)
September 1, 2002, the second, a temporary shelter for the abandoned sick, the elderly women, and the handicapped was inaugurated in Digos City, Davao del Sur. [The Digos Community] Surrounded by high mountains, adorned with verdant hills, enriched by a gorgeous sea, Digos is a beautiful, relatively small city in Davao del Sur. It is easy to feel at home there and our Sisters did feel immediately at home when they began their community life in a house provided by the Bishop at Lim Extension Street.
Through the continous updating, the institutions have satisfactorily complied with the Department of Social Welfare and Development standards in the implementation of Residential Care Programs and Services for the Elderly. A DSWD accreditation was awarded to the institutions for their continuous efforts for the upliftment of the poor and the disadvantaged. Other than the home for the elderly, the sisters commit themselves to home care assistance of the sick and the elderly and in the pastoral health care in the hospitals. The community also organized a scholarship program as well as a livelihood-candle making program for the support of the elderly.
It celebrates the fifteenth (15th) year anniversary of the Balay ni Maria Domenica Temporary Shelter for the elderly. Through God’s Providence the Sisters are able to organize various health care, livelihood and educational activities for children, youth and adults as well as care for the elderly who are abandoned.Certainly, the Sisters’ unselfish dedication will contribute to empower many people towards an active collaboration in facing a daily life which in itself is quite hard, yet rich with great opportunities for an authentic human and Christian growth.