424 S. Main Street North Wales, PA 19454

Caring For Friends


At this challenging time, Caring for Friends has seen a very large increase in the request for support for the homebound in our area. They helped 1400 seniors in 2019 and in the past few years the number has risen to nearly 5000. 

Caring for Friends appreciates your help with making meals for the homebound.  Please consider picking up a pack of empty trays and making an extra meal occasionally to feed our homebound friends. The empty trays are kept on top of the Caring for Friends freezer in the St. Rose garage. The garage is open daily from 8 AM- 5 PM. Please fill the trays with a complete meal (protein, starch and vegetable) and then freeze them. Return the frozen meals to the freezer at St. Rose at your convenience. 

Even one meal of your delicious food will make a difference to someone who cannot get out to get their own meals or ingredients. 

Caring for Friends can always use pre-packaged breakfast bars and similar food items as well. If you prefer to donate those, Anita and Chris will also pick them up and ensure they get to the main office for distribution in our area.

Caring for Friends is a non-profit organization that provides free, frozen, home-cooked meals and friendly visits to ~2,100 of the isolated frail and elderly home-bound in the five county greater Philadelphia area. Visit the Caring for Friends website to learn more caringforfriends.org

St. Rose of Lima houses a freezer (in the parish garage which is open seven days a week from 8 AM-5 PM) and provides meals for shut-ins living in the North Penn community.

Thanks to the generosity of our parishioners, and other local churches, we also provide meals more broadly in the Philadelphia region.   Volunteers are always needed and opportunities to help include:

  1. Cooks to prepare meals that are stored in our parish freezer
  2. Volunteer visitors to visit a shut-in weekly to deliver meals and spend quality time with the individual

Volunteer cooks are provided meal trays, menu sheets and storage bags to package the meals. A steady supply of meals is needed year-round; however, volunteer cooks participate as often as they are able. Home-cooked are always appreciated to fill the freezer!  Stop by the parish garage and pick up empty meal containers, freezer bags and menu sheets (on top of the freezer).  Cook a nutritious home-made dinner (entree, side & vegetable), put it in the container, wrap and freeze the meal.  Drop the meal off to the freezer - the garage is open 7 days per week 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

This program is a great way to put leftovers to good use. 


Please pick up a set of aluminum trays with all the supplies you will need. You will find them on top of the Caring for Friends freezer in the back left of St. Rose of Lima garage. Create and freeze meals from your leftovers – protein, vegetable, starch. Dessert can also be provided but not required.

Once your meals are complete, drop them off in the Caring for Friends freezer in the St. Rose of Lima garage and leave your last name and the number provided on the sheet on the freezer door for Caring for Friends records.

Meals are welcome at any time! Thank you for sharing your blessings with others! Volunteer visitors receive orientation and then are assigned a client/friend to visit once a week.

Contact Chris McDade at boycemcdade@verizon.net or Anita Capps at acloverfam@aol.com