It is often said that the true measure of any parish is how well it ministers to the poor and vulnerable in its midst. Your parish, through the generosity of its parishioners, is able to respond to that requirement through four primary outreach programs: St. Vincent de Paul Conference (SVDP), Food Collection for Christian Community Services Center (CCSC), the Gabriel Project, and the Charitable Contributions Committee. Over the past twelve months we have logged over 590 calls at the parish for those seeking help, and we provided direct service to over 1,250 clients/family members providing over $78,000.00 in assistance for rent, utilities, and food and gas cards through our St. Vincent de Paul Conference.
We continue with our school and parish food drives throughout the year, and these items are taken over monthly for delivery to CCSC’s two food pantries. We delivered over 350 bags of food to CCSC this year. Those served from this food source exceeded 3,000. In addition to providing your food and clothing donations to CCSC, we also supported their activities financially in the amount of $18,000.
The Gabriel Project is another of our primary outreach programs. It assists those women or families who may need help with an unplanned pregnancy or basic infant care necessities. Your parish provides many of the needs a mother might have relating to the daily care and clothing for her newborn. This year 25 new mothers were provided car seats, play pens, clothing and diapers for their newborns.
Additionally, parish charitable contributions were made to Bo’s Place, Casa Juan Diego, Lifehouse, and Vita-Living.These gifts totaled $7,000.
We conducted a toy drive during Advent--- benefitting Jingle Bell Express for CCSC and the CCE children of San Raphael Catholic Church. In August the Operation Backpack collection of basic student classroom needs benefitted CCSC and CCE children at San Raphael.