215.699.4617
424 S. Main Street North Wales, PA 19454

Social Justice Team

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This ministry is an outgrowth of the “Year of Encounter with Pope Francis” program that invited parishioners to engage in a series of reflection sessions on Pope Francis’ teaching in “The Joy of the Gospel” about poverty and those who are marginalized or de-valued by society, and how our Catholic faith calls us to encounter them and take action to positively change our world.  The team's work focuses on serving and advocating for the hungry and homeless in our community.

The next Social Justice Team meeting is TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 at 7:30 PM. Contact Jane Selner at jselner@srol.org for an invitation to the online meeting.

 

Care bag 2CARE BAGS for the HOMELESS

We are encouraging parish members and others in our community to help us meet our goal of 250 Care Bags for men and women experiencing homelessness.  Empty jumbo zip-top bags with information flyers are available at in the collection bin located outside the main doors of the Parish Center.  Fill the bag with needed personal care and snack items and drop it off to the bin outside the Parish Center doors any time during Lent.  We will deliver the bags to local homeless shelters.  Information flyer, click HERE

  

OUTREACH PARTNERSHIPS

SOCIAl JUSTICE MEAL 

Your Way Home (the unified and coordinated crisis housing response organization for Montgomery County) is seeking donations to help provide shelter and alleviate crowding in homeless shelters for homelessmen, women and children in Montgomery County. For information on how you can help click HERE

Consider making a monetary donation to support local food cupboards click HERE

 

CHOCCHOC -Coordinated Homeless Outreach Center

St. Rose parishioners undertake a variety of events throughout the year to serve the 50+ adult men and women residing at this emergency housing shelter.  Activities include home-cooked dinners for the residents, movie nights, annual sock & underwear drive, new towel donations and more.  To volunteer your time or resources, contact the parish office 215-699-4617 or Dave Vossen at davossenec@verizon.net 

 

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Pictured above: St. Rose parishioners joined with Inter-Faith Housing Alliance staff as a "move crew". The new IFHA van helps to transport families daily. 

Inter-Faith Housing Alliance

BUDDY CONGREGATION PROJECT

For 2 weeks in October, St. Rose will be partnering with I-FHA and Bethlehem Baptist Church to help shelter, provide a daily dinner meal and transportation for three families that are homeless.  TO VOLUNTEER to make a home-cooked dinner for the families living in emergency shelter one night October 18-31, contact Jane Selner at jselner@srol.org

 

Other outreach activities include: providing home-cooked dinners for the families living at Hope Gardens, collecting personal care and other household items needed by families moving from emergency shelter into their own homes, and conducting donation drives for bedding, food and other resources needed by those moving from homelessness to independence.

 

Social Justice Brother House Clean 1 2017

Parishioners shared a Saturday morning to clean the brother House

LEGION OF MARY BROTHER HOUSE

During the Coronavirus outbreak, we are collecting the following items to support adult men experiencing homelessness.  Donations of NEW or very gently used and clean MENS clothing items may be dropped off to the donation bins located outside the main doors of the Parish Center.  Needed items include:

New or Lightly Used: Jeans, Boots, Sneakers, Jackets, Coats, Sweatshirts, Hoodies, Blankets

NEW only: Underwear, T-Shirts, Socks

 

We also invite SNACK DONATIONS - the 2nd & 4th Thursday each month, St. Rose parish men visit the Brother House in Norristown (6:00-9 pm) to deliver donated snack items and spend time visiting with homeless adult men who come to the Brother House for a time of respite and refreshment. Adult male parishioners are invited to help as visitors. Everyone can be part of this outreach by donating snacks (fruit, fresh-made sandwiches, snack bars and trail mix for 48 persons are needed each month.) To donate snacks or join our team of visitors, contact the Parish office at stroselima@srol.org or 215-699-4617.

 

Learn more about our efforts to help end homelessness by contacting team leaders Mary reilly reilly.m@gmercyu.edu or Dave Vossen at vossenec@verizon.net