This period in our institutional history is strongly marked by the leadership and work of Brother Roberto Costa Prats, who became director of Hogar de Cristo after the retirement Uncle Paco. This Jesuit Spaniard lead Hogar de Cristo for about 28 years.
Its clear orientation towards the poor and the complete commitment to the homelessness cause led the institution to intensify its development in this line of work. Between 1982 and 1992 the Nazareth Home project of self and mutual aid was built. This urban housing, infrastructure, services and promotion plan of community integral development was innovative for its time.
Since 1993, the labor of Hogar de Cristo in access to affordable housing has been fully consolidated, gaining international recognition for this important work. In 1996, the United Nations gave Hogar de Cristo the World Habitat Award through the Building and Social Housing Foundation of England for having the best public housing project. Further, on April 20, 1999, the Ecuadorian National Congress granted the Merit award to Father Francisco García Jiménez, founder of Hogar de Cristo, for his tremendous work making wood and cane houses for the homeless.
In 1997 Viviendas del Hogar de Cristo expanded, installing new factories in Esmeraldas, Manabi, to help give the 14,000 families affected by the presence of El Niño a roof over their heads. The daily production of houses increased from 35 to 50, reaching 1,000 homes per month. In subsequent years the foundation continued to expand, covering the towns of Quinindé, Quevedo, Babahoyo, Freedom, Duale, Duran, Machala, Yaguachi, Beaches, The Guabo, Santa Rosa, Portoviejo, Manta, Chone and Jipijapa along the Ecuadorian coast.
The first Institutional Strategic Plan was executed in 2001, enabling the creation of an effective network of services and opportunities such as Micro Credit, Education, Health, Welfare, etc. In 2007, we reviewed the Strategic Plan and decided to follow a new management model that recasted the conceptual framework, and articulated and redesigned macro processes, review procedures and functions, enabling the design of a new organizational structure as it is presented below.