Social Justice Grants 2019
Social Justice grants funded by the Diocesan Annual Appeal directly support parishes in their efforts to serve the needs of their parish communities.
TACO Food Pantry
SS. PETER & PAUL PARISH, TOWANDA
Parish volunteers help provide the needy in the Towanda area with food through the Towanda Area Christian Outreach (TACO) regional food pantry. Volunteer Ed Krauss says, “Some people come in and they’re homeless and they have absolutely nothing and we help them along. We have other people, they just don’t have the financial income to keep supplying their own food.”
Parish Health Ministry
OUR LADY QUEEN OF PEACE PARISH, BRODHEADSVILLE
Parishioner Margaret Stanhope receives Communion and spiritual support from Michele Cohen, a Eucharistic Minister and registered nurse, through the parish’s health ministry program.
Margaret appreciates Michele’s visits. “I was too ill to go to church and I asked for a Eucharistic minister. She is also the church nurse so that sort of just fell gently along the way, her coming and spending time.”
ST. JOHN BOSCO PARISH, CONYNGHAM
On the third Wednesday of every month, parishioners of St. John Bosco prepare and serve a full-course lunch at the Salvation Army Soup Kitchen in Hazleton.
“We all feel that we get more out of it than those we serve. It’s a humbling thing and it’s very fulfilling to help others,” said volunteer coordinator Arlene Stagg.
ST. ANN PARISH, SHOHOLA
Lorenzo’s Lunch is an effort by St. Ann parishioners to provide lunch and socialization for members of the community.
The hot lunch and food pantry supports kids, adults and seniors in need. “We try to get it out to the community that anyone who needs a good home-cooked meal is welcome here,” said parish volunteer Laura McBride.