The Redemptorists began their mission to the Hispanic community in the Mississippi Delta in 2014. The goal is to create vibrant, sustainable Hispanic faith communities by developing strong lay leadership while aiding local pastors in their studies of the Spanish language and culture. The Mississippi Delta is one of the poorest regions of the United States. The average income in the area is less than half of the US poverty line. More than 20% are reliant on food stamps, and the unemployment rate is 17%, much higher than the national rate. The area suffers from low rates of education, a 75% high school drop-out rate, high levels of obesity and diabetes, and drastically shortened life-expectancies.