Family to Family Holiday- Part 3
Happy New Year! Your generosity over the holidays has warranted a 3 part summary. In part 1 I shared the with you the amazing ways our school families were lifted during Christmas. Part 2 summarized the overwhelming support for our senior communities shown by you. Today, in part 3, I will share with you how you supported other vulnerable communities over the holidays.
Your generosity to the Family to Family Christmas fund was incredible. The fund was originally set up to cover the cost of the “comfort bags” for seniors. The final cost for the bags was $6,000. The MPB community went far above and beyond and contributed $20,000. Thus, came the opportunity to support additional neighbors with those donations. All of the funds have not yet been allocated. We will continue to reach out to those in need and will update you as the funds are directed. So far, here are ways your generosity has been shared.
- You supported 13 families through Bridge of Hope. Bridge of Hope serves single mothers and their children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the Greater Denver area.
- You also helped 7 families through Sacred Heart House. Sacred Heart House of Denver, a homeless shelter for families in Denver, offers a continuum of services to homeless families in Denver, with children and single women to help them achieve and maintain self-sufficiency.
- These two agencies received close to $3,000 which insured each family member got a $50 gift card for Christmas.
- Additional funds were used to support 4 families with gift cards from Ni Una Mas. Ni Una Mas/AFSC works to keep families together! It is a supportive space for creative methods to fight deportation cases, keep the impacts of deportation in the public eye, and build leadership in the immigrant rights movement.
Along with school families that were supported, an additional 16 families from Ni Una Mas, 4 neighbor families from MPB St Vincent dePaul Society and 4 additional families in need were served by the MPB community. Six individuals from Maggie’s Sacred Heart Neighborhood were lifted up with grocery gift cards. A generous parishioner contributed gift cards for ten Poor Clare Sisters which helped meet their everyday needs.
And to top it all off, we were able to partner up with Restaurant Olivia and its clients as they donated 205 Christmas dinners to residents at North Lincoln and Tapiz Housing Communities. Please show your appreciation by supporting Restaurant Olivia, the fresh pasta is delicious!
Again, thank you for your incredible generosity. During this time of COVID the needs or those on the margins have become more critical, and you continue to be the hands and feet of Christ by lifting them up in so many ways. Thank you! Ann
WOO- Women’s Outreach Organization – Set Great Intentions in 2021
Thursday, January 14 6:30-8:00pm via ZOOM
Start the new year out with great intentions with Jan Haas
Entering into 2021 will look a little different than the way we started 2020. It feels like some of the things we wished and hoped for have taken on new meaning in light of the challenges we faced as individuals, communities and as a country.
Let’s walk together through setting our intentions for the new year. With a time for reflection, Jan will lead us through an exercise to help pull out the positive experiences that might still remain hidden from our sight.
More information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOJan2021
All ladies are welcome!
WOO February Service Outreach
Let those experiencing homelessness know that they are loved. Valentine’s Day is no different than any other day for those who are on the margins. Let’s show them some love! Make a “Bag of Love”!
More Information and sign up: https://tinyurl.com/WOOBags2021
Love Knows No Borders
MPB and Justice Matters Ministry will again “share the love” with those being held in detention at the GEO Detention Center in Aurora. Create a handmade valentine for those facing isolation and separation during this challenging time. Cards can be dropped off at the MPB office before Feb 1 for delivery to the detention center. We invite you to join this artful meditation and create a Valentine for someone separated from their loved ones. Please check this flyer for more details. https://tinyurl.com/sharelove2021