February 11-18, 2016
Nine juniors and three faculty from Canisius High School in Buffalo, NY, spent a week living, serving, praying, playing and reflecting on their experiences at the Father McKenna Center.
The group prepared and served meals, worked in our clothing distribution program, helped in the Food Pantry and generally were a “force for good” here at the Center.
Each morning they rose early and wore broad smiles all day long. They added lots of energy to the place.
This is the 3rd consecutive year that a group of Crusaders have come to DC and worked at the Center as part of their Winter Break. Thank you to Patrick, Matt, Jack, Patrick, Nick, Keefe, Br. Chris Derby, SJ, Griffin, Tom Whalen, Todd, Reid and Anthony Vetrano!
On Monday, October 12 (Columbus Day) twenty members of Holy Trinity Parish came to the Center to prepare and serve our guests (more than 75 men struggling with homelessness), and over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend another team of fifteen parishioners came to the Center for a Day of Service.
Because it was a national holiday, our staff had the day off, so the volunteers allowed the Center to keep serving those who rely on the Center each day. While our small staff was able to get a well-earned (and much needed) day off, the men experiencing homelessness still need a place to go, somewhere to secure a meal.
Our friends from Holy Trinity were a great help in a number of other areas. Our Food Pantry was prepared for the busy week ahead – we are now serving 65-70 families per week, so being well-stocked at the beginning of the week is important. We prepared a storage area for our upcoming Hypothermia Program.
Thank you to our friends from Holy Trinity Parish. You are all welcome back!
Five area high schools will partner with the Father McKenna Center this year. Each school brings its unique way of helping out. Gonzaga . . . Stone Ridge . . . Georgetown Prep . . . Georgetown Visitation . . . Holy Child
Gonzaga College High School students come on Thursday and Friday during their lunch periods to serve in the Food Pantry and to serve the Midday Meal to our Day Shelter guests.
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart sends six students to work in the kitchen on Social Actions Days (alternate Wednesdays). The help prepare the Midday Meal, serve the meal and some assist in our Food Pantry.
Georgetown Prep helped the Center launch its more aggressive Saturday meals program for the men struggling with homelessness. Once per month resident students at Prep come to serve our guests with breakfast and lunch, and a group of freshmen come to assist in the Food Pantry and Clothing Closet.
Georgetown Visitation will be holding a winter coat drive for the Center in October and plans for other activities are beginning to take shape.
Connelly School of the Holy Child participates in our Thanksgiving Basket program, providing all the fixings for about 50 bags.
We are blessed by our connection to these schools, and are always looking for new partners!