News & Events for May

WOO in the Park

Join the Women’s Outreach Organization for a casual gathering in Observatory Park! Thursday June 17….. 6:30 pm. Bring a picnic dinner and a chair or blanket and make and renew friendships. We’ll meet north of Warren on the Fillmore Street side. Bring a friend and join in community! No need to RSVP, just come as you are! Thank you to June’s hostess; Lorraine Curtis for corralling the picnickers this month! In case of inclement weather, check in with Lorriane curtislorraine1@outlook.com.

Family to Family Annual “Mother’s Day 4 Others”

Once again MPB was over the top generous in donating to support the Bottom Line Diaper Bank. You contributed $2,500 which will support moms in caring for their children throughout the Metro Area. Because of BLDB’s ability to purchase diapers at a discount, you helped to supply 15,000 diapers!!!!!  Thank you!

Exploring Path to a Better Future

As a follow-up to the Lenten book club, Justice Matters is hosting a 4 part series on two of the of social pandemics we face today, the environment and racial inequality.

Part 2: Racial Inequity

“Now, while we are looking forward to a slow and arduous recovery from the pandemic, there is a danger that we will forget those who are left behind.. … May we be profoundly shaken by what is happening all around us: the time has come to eliminate inequalities, to heal the injustice that is undermining the health of the entire human family!” April 19, 2020. (Homily, feast of Divine Mercy)

Session 4 Tuesday, May 11 @ 7:00pm via ZOOM. Living Room Conversation: “The Opportunity Gap”.

Living Room Conversation series provides a safe space to have stimulating and mind opening conversations about various topics.

Generally speaking, opportunity gap refers to inputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of resources and opportunities), while achievement gap refers to outputs (the unequal or inequitable distribution of educational results and benefits). America prides itself on creating the opportunity for all citizens to “pull themselves up by their bootstraps.” We aspire to have a fair playing field and want every child to have the opportunity to succeed. There are strong indicators that we are not living up to our aspirations. Many communities and individuals are experiencing a tilted playing field. How can we respond?

More Information and Registration: https://tinyurl.com/MPBPathsRace

Catholic Charities Needs Your Help!

Help at Gabriel House Project

Gabriel House Project is a network of parishes and volunteer teams that provide basic material assistance to families with young children ages newborn to 5 years old throughout Colorado.

They have multiple day and hour choices for you to serve! Their current high needs are listed below – there are many ways to get involved!

  • All Saints Saturdays 9:30AM-12:30PM
  • Boulder Gabriel House at Sacred Heart of Mary: Saturdays 9AM-12PM
  • Annunciation Tuesdays 10AM-1PM (bilingual English/Spanish especially needed)
  • Volunteers for diaper deliveries & donation sorting

To join in at Gabriel House, please contact asanchez@ccdenver.org and one of the volunteer coordinators will be in touch to set up dates/times for you to serve!

Help with a meal in the metro Denver area shelters

Volunteers are needed to help serve meals at various locations that serve those most vulnerable. Various meal times are available.  Link here for openings to help: https://serveccdenver.volunteerhub.com/lp/easymeal

Help is needed at these locations:

  • Samaritan House
  • Smith Road
  • Marisol Home

MPB Justice Matters Ministry invites you to “Transitioning Leadership” A Living Room Conversation

June 8 7:00 pm-8:30 pm
June 10 10:00 am-11:30 am
Via ZOOM

As we process and work through transition in leadership at MPB, many emotions arise: fear, sadness, anger, hope and excitement . Joining together in community to share in conversation can help us process and gain new insights. Join us as we come together to hold these healing and helpful conversations as we process change. Two time slots are available to best meet your schedule, they will be repeat sessions.
More information and registration: https://tinyurl.com/MPBTransition

The LoVVe Project Needs Your Help

The LoVVe Project is a neighborhood food pantry (serves Ellis Elem community) that needs help this summer. The task at hand is to pick up approx. 45 produce boxes between 11:00 am-12:30 pm and deliver it to the pantry every other Friday starting June 4. There are also other tasks that are in need of volunteers. This could be a great summer family volunteer opportunity or a way to obtain those needed service hours . Contact Kate Rice for more information and sign up: krice@mpbdenver.org

 

The following non-profit agencies were funded  for 4th qtr. through an application process by the MPB Social Outreach Committee . Your weekly contributions made this funding possible. Thank you for your endless generosity.

CASA Child Advocacy funded $1,500

The National Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) Association, together with its state and local member programs, supports and promotes court-appointed volunteer advocacy so every abused or neglected child in the United States can be safe, have a permanent home and have the opportunity to thrive. https://casaforchildren.org/

Dry Bones funded $2,000

In the context of long-term relationships, practicing the way of Jesus, we meet spiritual, emotional, and physical needs of houseless and street-connected youth and young adults.  We seek to equip and inspire all involved to relieve suffering, facilitate reconciliation, and free the heart to love. https://drybonesdenver.org/

Haven of Hope funded $2,000

The Mission of Haven of Hope is to provide food, shelter, clothing, counseling, rehabilitation and hygienic services to homeless and less fortunate.  https://thoh.org/

Maria Droste Counseling funded $4,000

Maria Droste Counseling Center has been formed out of the understanding that people need access to counseling regardless of their ability to pay. http://www.mariadroste.org/

AVP Colorado funded $1,000

Colorado’s Alternatives to Violence Project provides training in Colorado prisons and communities to deal with potentially violent situations in new and creative ways. Through our workshops, we empower people to lead nonviolent lives through effective communication, affirmation, respect for all, community building and cooperation. https://www.avpcolorado.org/

St Vincent dePaul Society MPB funded $5,000

Our mission is to help those living in poverty. MPB volunteers assist by referring “neighbors” to resources, counseling them on governmental assistance programs, meeting immediate needs – food, gas, shelter.

  https://mpbdenver.org/ministries/st-vincent-de-paul/

Saint Francis Center funded $2,500

St. Francis Center (SFC) is a refuge for men and women who are homeless in the metro Denver area, providing shelter along with services that enable people to meet their basic needs for daily survival and to transition out of homelessness. http://www.sfcdenver.org/

Tepeyac Community Health Center funded $4,000

Tepeyac Community Health Center is a non-profit community health center in Denver that has been providing care to the medically underserved for more than 25 years. Their mission is to Inspire health, wellbeing, and humanity in their community, through all of life’s stages. https://www.tepeyachealth.org/