“The only answer in this life, to the loneliness we are all bound to feel, is community.” These words given to us so long ago from Dorothy Day founder of the Catholic Worker Movement can easily be applied to the present reality we are all experiencing in this time of social distancing.
Despite the Covid-19 Shelter in Place order the call to serve the needy remains, possibly now more than ever as together we people of God chart these untested waters. We are connected to all people from every walk of life as together we pray for an end to the coronavirus.
Recently a number of parishioners have been inquiring as to how they might reach out to our sisters and brothers living in the margins. Presently there are several local service providers, not affiliated with Holy Spirit Parish Social Ministries in need of immediate help.
Listed below are several opportunities that may be of interest for anyone wanting to help.
Please note: Strict and stringent safety precautions are in place at all sites and are strictly enforced. The Santa Clara County Health Department man-dates that all volunteers wear protective face masks and safety gloves while volunteering. ALL VOLUNTEERS MUST PROVIDE THEIR OWN PROTECTIVE FACEMASKS AND GLOVES!!!
All volunteers should be 65 years of age or under and without preexisting health issues.
Located in the parish hall at Sacred Heart of Jesus Church in downtown San Jose – They are in great need of both morning and afternoon volunteers to serve breakfast and lunch on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. All volunteers will have their temperature taken upon arrival; if temperature is high, the volunteer will immediately sent home. Please click here if you are interested in serving.
Food Pantry at 5100 Camden Ave. needs four volunteers every Thursday from 3:45 pm to 5:45pm during the shelter in place order. Please click here if you are interested in serving.
The Food Pantry ministry at St. Julie Billiart in south San Jose is in need of volunteers to help unload and bag donated food every Tuesday morning at 11:15 am. Volunteers do not need to register on line. Just show up! The food pantry provides food to 1,200 to 1,400 people each month and needs continued support in both food and monetary donations so it can continue this vital service to the community. For more information, please call 408-629-3030 x 114.
This is a mobile shower program and a ministry of Casa de Clara. People living on the streets of San Jose are able to shower in a trailer that is set up at various locations several times a week across San Jose. Please click here if you are interested in serving or call 408-297-8330.