Ministries

Community Outreach Ministries

The Community Outreach Ministries Committee of St. Joseph Parish believes, that each of us is
called to do what we can, where we are, with what we hare; providing food for the hungry,
clothing for the naked, shelter for the homeless, and seeking 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: Ms. Kati Belsole kbelsole@sjpray.org
JOSEPH’S PANTRY
Parishioners along with St. Joseph’s School students donate non-perishable foods on the 4th
weekend of each month before and after all masses, to the parish Food ‘Pantry Collection. All
contributions are given to the SVDP Franciscan Center, who distributes the pantry items to
those in need.

Contact: Kathy Homan  jshwest@verizon.net

GOOD SAMARITAN COMMITTEE
For over three years, a percentage of St. Joseph’s 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. Through the Good Samaritan Committee; its members strive to respond as
‘Catholic Christians reaching out to ‘their brothers and sisters in need. ‘

Contact: Kathy Power  katdap@verizon.net

 

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY
St. Joseph’s Parish is a member of the Chesapeake United Churches. Parish volunteers donate
their time and talent by participating in the new construction or the restoration of a safe
and habitable home for low-income families. Financial assistance is provided for the “Build”
through a monetary commitment from St. Joseph’s Parish, as well as designated Outreach Box
collections twice a year for HFH during the seasons of Advent & Lent.

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 3rd Tuesday of each month and breakfast on the 3rd Wednesday of each month

Contact: Anne Shelton  adshelton@comcast.net

 

OUR DAILY BREAD
Administered by Catholic Charities, ODB is Maryland’s hot meal program, serving more than a
quarter of a 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 prepare casseroles to be delivered to ODB on the 2nd
Saturday of each month. On the same Saturday, they additionally, serve hot meals and
provide donated pantry items that are used to feed the hungry at ODB. In addition parishioners volunteer each Wednesday at ODB.

Contact:Sharon Ellwood  ellwood8@verizon.net

 

PARTNER PARISH I ADOPT-A-FAMILY
This ministry is St. Joseph’s parish Adopt-A-Family program. During the season of Advent,
SJP partners with its sister church, Transfiguration Community in Baltimore City, as well as
Mt. Overlook Senior Housing, in providing donated gifts and food baskets to the
disadvantaged at Christmas. They also include families from St. Joseph’s.

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 prepare in advance at St. Joseph’s a hot
lunch, which is then transported to the center and served on the 4th 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 east side parking lot of the church parish center, The organization was founded by 15 member-churches who support and staff the center within the community, assisting those individuals/families in our area who are experiencing emergency financial crisis. The program is funded by member-churches, along with parishioner and community contributions. Through UCAN, help is given to prevent evictions, provide temporary housing, prevent utility turn-offs, distribute food certificates, help with transportation, and medical services & prescriptions. UCAN welcomes new volunteers as well as financial contributions.

Contact: Charlie Grafton  captchas@comcast.net

 

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