On February 22, 1993 Sister Rosemarie Gonzalez, of the School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND), opened the Hogar del Buen Pastor (Home of the Good Shepherd) on #250 Ave. de la Constitución, Puerta de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico. Operations commenced on the first and third rented floors of an old rundown building and with the first four residents, four employees, volunteer professionals, friends and family. These floors were refurbished with donations from local enterprises to shelter nineteen (19) persons. This was eventually increased to twenty five (25) residents.
Before five years passed Sister Rosemarie purchased the four story building with Federal funds she obtained through the Municipality of San Juan. With the help of the residents improvements and repairs were made to augment the capacity of The Home to fifty (50) persons.
In 2007 the Baptist Church of Puerta de Tierra agreed to allow The Home the use of an apartment within its property as an extension dedicated for the use of residents in their final steps before moving to independent housing.
Currently Sister Rosemarie González manages the operations of the The Home and reports to the Board of Directors. The Board discharges its responsibilities implementing the Corporate By-Laws which contain the following definitions:
The Philosophy of The Home consists of promoting homeless persons to live their daily lives with spiritual values in a realistic family environment, with trust, that stimulates the growth of these values. The family environment is a key factor in the rehabilitation and/or socialization of the resident because in it is where he/she can develop the attitudes and skills which will help him/her be accepted in the heart of his/her family and society.
Reinstate the homeless person in society as a responsible citizen with spiritual values.
Take in the homeless person and set him/her on a path of rehabilitation to live with spiritual values.