News & Events for April

From Pastoral Care Ministry

MPB Health and Wellness Ministry shares the following resources for anyone in need of extra support during these uncertain times:

https://anschutzwellness.com/resources for physical and mental health and nutrition resources.

Colorado Crisis Service 24 hour phone number at 1 844 493 8255 or text at 38255.

National Suicide Prevention 24 Hotline Spanish and English   at 1 800 273 8255

Safe2tell Colorado  24 hour 1 877 542 7233   Spanish and English For Students to anonymously report anything that threatens you, your friends, family or community.  Students can report concerns regarding bullying, suicide or drug use etc.

Resources for families during the COVID Crisis.

https://medschool.cuanschutz.edu/docs/librariesprovider45/covid-19-support/dopsych-family-schooling-resources.pdf?sfvrsn=d97f06b9_2

Connect with our Homebound during the COVID-19 crisis

Many of our parishioners are isolated in their homes or nursing facilities at this time. As we know, it’s easy for our vulnerable to feel cut o from family, friends and community while keeping safe.  We invite you to help us stay in touch with our homebound through cards and/or check-in calls. If you and your family would like to participate in this service project, please contact Christine Maschka at cmaschka@mpbdenver.org.

Also, if you or someone you know is feeling isolated and in need of support, please contact Christine at the above email address.

Meditation and Movement Videos with Gail Rowe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSY7IDbUwAY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ui7YetTF1CM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmZIWreG-lQ

Family to Family Annual Mother’s Day Diaper Drive…. From a Distance

The MPB Family to Family Diaper Drive is alive and well!

This year, as we face COVID-19 and all the challenges it presents, we especially need to lift up mothers and their children who are facing new and unprecedented needs. Because of the need for social distancing, we will be asking that all donations for diapers be made through Catholic Charities and the Bottom Line Diaper Bank.

1. Donate financially: by check

Through Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank (BLDB) your monetary donation can supply various agencies, including Birthline. Checks can be made out to Catholic Charities and Bottom Line Diaper Bank referencing account code 500-768-19#2050 in the memo line. Send checks directly Catholic Charities at 6240 Smith Road Denver, CO 80216.

2. Online donations:

You can also make online donations by going to: https://ccdenver.org/diaper/

3. Please Hold Moms in Prayer

More information at https://tinyurl.com/MPBMothersDay2020

SO… What can you do…???????? SEW!

Many of the seniors, immigrants, those with compromised health and others are in need of face masks. The MPB community has already made over 200 masks for various groups in need. If you need directions on how to make these (fairly simple…) follow this link https://tinyurl.com/MPBMask . For ways to distribute masks to groups, contact Ann. Thanks to all who SO? Sew!

Reaching Out to Others on Easter

Thanks to Restaurant Olivia, MPB was able to deliver 80 fresh pasta dinners to families and seniors for Easter. Heather Morrison and the Restaurant Olivia supporters donated funding for the dinners and MPB Social Outreach made the connections with the recipients. Faith Families also contributed with wonderful home-made Easter cards. Nine moms and their families from Bridge of Hope received a complete Easter dinner along with cards. 52 residents at Olin Apartments also received an Easter dinner, and cards. Along with the dinners, 35 masks made by MPB community members, were also delivered.

Thanks to everyone who helped to lift the spirits of many on Easter!

Restaurant Olivia staff

The Delivery

Cards by Faith

Wrapped Masks for Olin Residents

Grateful Olin Resident Helping to Deliver

You Matter, You Count!

Even amid this COVID 19 crisis, the US 2020 Census is still taking place. Justice Matters Ministry is putting out the word, that …You Matter, You Count. The census is used to determine the number of seats each state has in the House of Representatives and how federal and state legislative districts are redrawn.

The results will inform how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are allocated to more than 100 programs and services, including Medicaid, Head Start, block grants for community mental health services, transportation, libraries just to name a few.

In Colorado, census counts are used in distributing over $13.1 billion in federal funds per year in Colorado, this translates to an estimated $2,300 per person per year!

So, have you completed your Census form? Check with your neighbors, it’s easy. Do it today. Here’s a handy fact sheet! https://tinyurl.com/TCCensusFacts

MPB Reaching Out to Those Who are in Need

During this time of crisis, the MPB community continues to reach out to others in amazing ways.

Sunday Lunch Program for Seniors

Our Sunday Lunch programs last Sunday delivered over 250 lunches to seniors who are struggling. The two programs have modified the delivery so as to not put anyone at risk. If you are interested in helping in making/sacking lunches, contributing food/water supplies or delivering lunches, please contact Ann. Thank you to all our coordinators and volunteers!

Family to Family Sponsors

Many MPB members have reached out to their Christmas Family to Family seniors and families to offer their support. Their support has ranged from making a “checking in” phone call, sending an encouraging card in the mail, to picking up and delivering groceries. The families and seniors are so appreciative to know others care! Thanks to many of you who have already reached out to lift up our neighbors. Again, if you need the contact information for your senior or family, email Ann and she’ll be more than happy to connect you. Here is one note received from an MPB member about their experience, “I have remained in contact with my wonderful friend since Christmas and reach out to her regularly. We exchanged a ‘covid-19 elbow-bump’ last Saturday when I brought her daffodils!”

Helping Agencies need Your Help

Many agencies are serving the marginalized during this crisis. Help ranges from supporting food banks to donating blood. If you would like to connect and find out how you can help, at any level you’re comfortable. Here’s some opportunities or You Can Help https://tinyurl.com/MPBucanhelp or please email Ann.

Seniors in Low Income Housing are in Need

Residents at low income housing facilities are feeling isolated and we are reaching out with cards and calls. If you’re interested in connecting, please let Ann know.

Encouraging messages on delivered water bottles.

Keeping social distance with Senior Support Staff and volunteers!

Over 250 lunches packed and delivered last weekend!