Through our Parish Commiunity Outreach Ministries committee, programs and projects take place throughout the year to aid those in need within our parish and the larger community. The work of the committee – and those who unite with it – is modeled on the works of mercy given to us by Jesus,. Volunteers attempt to provide assistance to those who are hungry, naked, poor, lonely, ill, in prison, or oppressed in any way. The assistance takes the form of:
Our monthly food collection ~ non-perishable food is collected for Franciscan Center Family Outreach Center Food Pantry in Baltimore City.
Our Daily Bread lunch program ~ a diocesan ministry to the hungry of Baltimore City. Parishioners prepare and donate casseroles the second Saturday of each month. Several volunteers go to Our Daily Bread to help serve the meal. Parishioners also volunteer to serve every Wednesday.
Unit Churches Assistance Network (UCAN) ~ an interfaith emergency assistance program that provides aid to those in need in our local community. The UCAN office is located next to St. Joseph’s parking lot. Volunteers from local churches provide the services for UCAN.
My Sister’s Place Women’s Center ~ a diocesan ministry to homeless women and children of Baltimore City that provides shelter, meals, and job training. St. Joseph’s volunteers provide and serve the noon meal the third Tuesday of each month. Other volunteer opportunities are also available.
Sarah’s Hope Mount Street. A ministry of St. Vincent de Paul to homeless women and children that provide residential care and services for up to two years. St. Joseph volunteers provide and service the noon meal the fourth Saturday of each month. Other volunteer opportunities are also available.
Habitat for Humanity ~ by joining with United Churches Habitat for Humanity Build, St. Joseph’s refurbishes or builds one or two homes each year to provide a home for a family in need. The Build takes place between January and May. Volunteers are always welcome.
Good Samaritan Fund ~ a designated contribution from our parish income is given to assist programs that offer direct service to the poor. Programs receiving funds are reviewed and recommended by the Good Samaritan Committee, which meets quarterly.
Partnership Sharing ~ St. Joseph Parish and Transfiguration Parish have a sister-parish relationship. A Christmas project of Adopt-A-Family is coordinated between the two parishes.
English-as-a Second Language tutoring program – meets on a weekly basis in the Parish Center. Volunteers are always welcome.
A new custom was started at St. Joseph Parish this past year. Six weeks of Lenten Soup Nights were started to enhance our Lenten experience and to create a solidarity experience with the poor. Also, to encourage more people to attend the Stations of the Cross.