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At St. Bonaventure Mission, each day brings renewed commitment to ensure that each and every one of God’s children here on the Eastern Navajo Reservation is able to meet their daily survival needs and maintain their dignity.

Through our outreach programs we provide direct, often life-sustaining, assistance to the Navajo people including water, food, clothing, home repair, housing assistance, and home visitation services.

The Mission is often the last, best hope for our Navajo brothers and sisters as they struggle to maintain health and wellness amidst poverty and survive the hardships of daily life on the Eastern Navajo Nation.


The need for adequate, safe housing for residents of the Eastern Navajo Nation is immense.

St. Bonaventure Mission is deeply committed to increasing the affordable housing options for…


Water is an extremely limited and precious resource in the dry and nearly barren environment of the Eastern Navajo Nation.

It is also a constant concern for forty percent of Navajo households who rely on water hauling to meet their daily… 


The Mission Thrift Store provides quality new and used clothing, blankets and household items to thousands of individuals and families at nominal prices and for free to those in greatest need.

Most of these items are donated by…


It’s easy to miss this corner of the Navajo Nation, just 100 miles west of Albuquerque. Most things pass the Reservation right by, including progress.

A hardworking 50-year-old grandmother, Arviso visits more than 250 families on the reservation, leaving each with just enough water to last a month: about 7 gallons per day to be used for drinking, cooking and cleaning.

Every morning, Darlene Arviso picks up her water truck at the St. Bonaventure Indian Mission, a cluster of brown trailers in Thoreau, New Mexico, and fills her 3,500-gallon tank from a metal water tower before setting out across the Navajo Nation

It’s not uncommon that Navajo families travel several miles to their local watering hole to haul barrels, jugs and tanks of clean water for their needs at home.

The yellow truck slogged along the red-dirt roads in this impoverished corner of the Navajo reservation last week, its belly full of water — liquid gold in a treasure chest…

As soon as Lorraine Herder steps into her sheep pen with a stack of hay, her flock of wooly Navajo Churro sheep run over for a morsel of food.


Give the Gift of Hope to the People of the Eastern Navajo Reservation!