Letter from our Care and Compassion Ministry Coordinator
We have had so many volunteers come forward asking how they can help. We’ve had numerous individuals offer to help grocery shop, run errands, pick up medications and make phone calls to those most at risk of going out. We have paired up so many in need with volunteers who are helping with these tasks- in addition and more important to the errands getting done and the food being shopped for, we are helping people feel not alone. We are bringing hope and light into the lives of so many where there is uncertainty, sadness, anxiety. Our volunteers are truly being the hands, the eyes, the heart of Christ during so much darkness. Our recipients are so appreciative of all that is being offered to them- they are most appreciative that their parish family is there for them.
There are so many individuals who are struggling with feelings of anxiousness, uncertainty, and the so many unknowns that are happening right now. Our Stephen Ministry team has been the first responders for these individuals. While we have had to get creative to adapt to this new norm since they aren’t having face-to-face contact, we are really putting into practice our Telecare mode of ministering. Our Stephen Ministers are doing such a wonderful job providing invaluable support during this difficult time- making calls to check in, to offer hope and encouragement, to pray with them, to be their light. During such a challenging time filled with stress, anxiety, loneliness and isolation, people need Christian care and a sense of community now more than ever, and our Stephen Ministers are so very well equipped to provide this. God Bless our Stephen Ministry team – please keep them and all of our care receivers in your prayers during this time. If you would like to talk with a Stephen Minister during this time, please contact Lisa at Lhomady@StAmbrose.us or 330.460.7300.
So many have donated food/monetary donations to our Catholic Works of Mercy for their weekly food distribution. They have provided hundreds of bags of groceries to over 50 families every week these last few weeks, and have served almost 400 in our monthly (take-out) Community Meal. Catholic Works of Mercy expects to serve at least 100 families for the Easter meal distribution, in addition to providing candy, Easter grass and all the fixings so parents can make up Easter Baskets for their children. Many thanks to our local Save-A-Lot who was able to provide hams , as well as other local businesses who have helped donate during this time. A huge thanks to Hooley House who will be sponsoring another take-out Community Meal for Palm Sunday. Our Catholic Works of Mercy team has been hard at work during these difficult weeks- they have been getting creative with this new normal and working with a limited crew to keep everyone safe and healthy. Their new building is really coming along- the freezer and refrigerated storage is up and running, and the shelving is near complete. Catholic Works of Mercy is very excited to have their Open House once it is allowed to showcase their new space and to personally thank all of you for all your support ! We are in the continued need of food donations to help with the increased need- all canned goods, pasta sauce and noodles, tuna, peanut butter, cereal, canned vegetables- all are welcome and needed. There are drop off bins in the narthex of the church leading into Parish Life Center; monetary donations can also be mailed into St. Ambrose.
Thank you for all your support!