Lent is a time to “step it up” in our spiritual life, in preparation for Easter. One way a person can "step it up", is through performing extra works of service for the poor. The Blessed Sacrament Society of St. Vincent de Paul is providing a number of Lenten opportunities this year, to help the poor.
Parishioners Gina Adams and John Harris have put together a very ambitious list, but it provides a number of varied opportunities for you, your family and friends to roll up your sleeves and help the poor during Lent, with minimal time commitment.
As Pope Francis said in his Lenten Message, 2014, ‘In the poor and outcast we see Christ’s face; by loving and helping the poor, we love and serve Christ. Our efforts are also directed to ending violations of human dignity, discrimination and abuse in the world, for these are so often the cause of destitution. When power, luxury and money become idols, they take priority over the need for a fair distribution of wealth. Our consciences thus need to be converted to justice, equality, simplicity and sharing.”
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Friends of Friends meal downtown
- to approximately
We will help with serving the meal and handing out any toiletries/clothing we
have gotten donated. There could be some food prep help needed as well.
Time flexible - 2-3 hours
They need us to help organize the linen closet, organize basement and
reupholster a few chairs.
No supplies needed
Organize and clean property management basement
No supplies needed
Saturday, March 7
8-10 volunteers - can be any age - if we have middle or high school kids, we
need at least one VIRTUS trained adult.
Open the Family Activity Center for family free time (play basketball,
foosball and games with kids living at the shelter)
Meet at Dear Neighbor offices and clean trash in poor neighborhood
surrounding Dear Neighbor and StepStone
Time flexible - depending on weather
We need to supply trash bags
Saturday, March 14
8-10 volunteers - (If we have middle or high school kids, we need to have at
least one VIRTUS trained adult.)
Provide a game or craft night (our choice) for the residents.
We will need to provide the craft or if we choose games, the shelter has
plenty of games. I think it would be nice to provide a snack too! ;)
This is very flexible. Due to budget cuts, they are no longer allowed to
provide small holiday parties for the people living in the low income
apartments. Many of these residents have been homeless in the past. They are
asking if we can provide a small St. Patrick's Day party for them. Just some
decorations, snacks, drinks and play BINGO. I guess the residents LOVE BINGO!
Maybe some small prizes to give away. Things like Kleenex, candy, etc...
This is a very flexible event. Even the date is not necessarily in stone.
Make and pack sack lunches for the homeless
SVdP will provide supplies
Ends at about
We donate, prepare and serve a meal to homeless men who stay in the shelter
overnight. No children allowed because of the potential of convicted sex
offenders staying in the shelter.
No supplies needed
Saturday, March 21
Time flexible (they think it will take approximately 2-3 hours)
Approx 10 people needed
Organize and clean basement of apartment building
Saturday, March 28
Landscape work (if weather permits)
bring work/gardening gloves
Saturday, April 4
Easter party for residents (Easter egg hunt, games, etc...)
15 volunteers (depends on what we do)
If middle school or high school kids participate, we must have one VIRTUS
trained adult present)
We need to provide filled, plastic eggs and children's game for the hunt.
The shelter has offered to help provide supplies if necessary.