“There but for the grace of God go I.”
Between 150 – 300 fellow residents are homeless in Carmichael. Many of them were born and raised in our area, but have fallen on hard times. Our Lady of the Assumption does much to help the poor and those in material need. Yet, homelessness remains a formidable challenge.
At the beginning of the new year, our parish has the opportunity to help the homeless even more, in a very simple but profound way. Throughout seven weeks in January and February, the Carmichael Homeless Assistance Resource Team (composed of faith communities, the public and private sectors, and concerned individuals) will feed and provide shelter for the homeless at various local churches. Our Catholic neighbor, Saint John the Evangelist, will host one of the seven weeks of Winter Sanctuary, from December 31 to January 6.
With the support of Father Eduino, the Pastoral Council, and the Strategic Planning Committee, Our Lady of the Assumption parish has offered to assist St. John by staffing their Winter Sanctuary for fourteen hours, from 4:30 PM Wednesday January 3rd through 6:30 AM Thursday, January 4th. St. John will host 20-25 guests that have been screened and bussed to their church. OLA will need a minimum of 20 volunteers to sign up for various shifts. We will need additional volunteers to cook a simple dinner and pack a light breakfast, as the guests leave in the morning. In addition to the preparation of meals, we will minimally need volunteers to cover the following shifts:
Wednesday, January 3rd
4:30pm – 7:30 pm: 5 volunteers for Dinner and Clean Up
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm: 4 volunteers for Hospitality and Serving
7:00 pm – 12:00 am: 2 males and 2 females for the Night Shift
Thursday, January 4th
12:00 am – 6:00 am: 2 males and 2 females for the Overnight Shift
5:15 am – 6:30 am: 3 volunteers for Wake-up and Boarding of the Busses
Last year, approximately 10 of our parishioners volunteered for Winter Sanctuary. We received a good lesson on how the Holy Spirit works in our lives. Ostensibly, we were there to help the homeless. In reality, we were humbled by their humility and thankful spirit. In addition, we saw first-hand how homelessness makes people weary to the bone.
If you are interested in volunteering to help OLA help the homeless, please contact Juan Yñiguez (firstname.lastname@example.org or 916.207.9512). This is also a good opportunity for our parish ministries to volunteer. Teens are welcome to participate, but they must be accompanied by their parent or guardian. Please feel free to learn more about Carmichael HART