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Outreach Ministries

We believe that each of us is called to do what we can, where we are, with what we have, to provide food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, shelter for the homeless, and justice for the oppressed.

ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE

Parish volunteers provide weekly tutoring for English lessons to the parish’s non-speaking English immigrants in our Community.

Contact: Kati Atencio, katencio@sjpray.org

ST. JOSEPH PANTRY COLLECTION

Parishioners and St. Joseph School students donate non-perishable foods on the fourth weekend of each month before and after all Masses, to the parish Food Pantry Collection. All contributions are given to the Franciscan Center in Baltimore City, who distribute the pantry items to those in need.

Contact: Kati Atencio katencio@sjpray.org

GOOD SAMARITAN COMMITTEE

A percentage of the St. Joseph weekly offertory collection is distributed four times a year to provide financial assistance to diverse organizations and groups involved in rendering direct services to the poor and under-served in our local and international community.

Contact: Kathy Power, katdap@verizon.net

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY

St. Joseph Parish is a member of the Chesapeake United Churches. Parish volunteers rehabilitate or build safe, habitable homes for low-income families. Financial assistance is provided by St. Joseph Parish and twice yearly collections.

Contact: Pat Ruggieri, mimipatrn@msn.com

MY SISTER’S PLACE WOMEN’S CENTER

Administered by Catholic Charities, My Sister’s Place, located in Baltimore City, is a resource center for homeless and impoverished women and children. Parish volunteers prepare lunch for the women and their children on the third Tuesday of each month and breakfast on the third Wednesday of each month.

Contact: Anne Shelton, adshelton@comcast.net

OUR DAILY BREAD CASSEROLE COLLECTION

Administered by Catholic Charities, ODB is Maryland’s hot meal program, serving more than a quarter million nutritious meals every day of the year to the most vulnerable citizens of Baltimore City. Located on Fallsway in Baltimore City, ODB provides a daily breakfast each weekday for seniors and
individuals with disabilities, as well as a hot lunch to the homeless and disadvantaged.

Parish volunteers also drop off casseroles made at home to be delivered and served to ODB on the second Saturday of each month

CASSEROLE RECIPE

ODB WISH LIST

Contact: Sharon Ellwood, ellwood8@verizon.net

ADOPT-A-FAMILY

During Advent, St. Joseph parishioners adopt disadvantaged families by donating gifts and food baskets. We partner with Transfiguration Community and Mount Clare Overlook Apartments in Baltimore City, as well as UCAN and the Cockeysville community.

Contact: Tony & JoAnne Nasuta, joannemn@verizon.net

SARAH’S HOPE MOUNT STREET

Sarah’s Hope is a 24-hour shelter for homeless women and children located on Mount Street in Baltimore City. A small group of parish volunteers prepares a hot lunch in the parish, which is then transported and served to the center on the fourth Saturday of each month.

Contact: Joe Liberto, jliberto@sjpmd.org

UNITED CHURCHES ASSISTANCE NETWORK (UCAN)

UCAN is an all-volunteer non-profit operating out of the yellow house adjacent to the parish center parking lot. UCAN offers assistance to prevent evictions and utility turn-offs, provides temporary housing, distributes food certificates, helps with transportation, and medical services and
prescriptions. The organization was founded by 15 member-churches who support and staff the center within the community.

UCAN welcomes new volunteers as well as financial contributions.

Contact: Charlie Grafton, captchas@comcast.net