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Community Outreach

Mission Statement

Plan, promote, implement and supervise caring programs for members and non-members in need of essential material goods such as food, clothing and shelter. Promote concern and care for the emotional and physical well being of members of the congregation community. Interface with local and national social ministry organizations and agencies, especially those related to our church, to provide information and enlist support.

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ESL Classes for Adults

ESL beginner and intermediate classes for adult learners are now being offered at Holy Family. For general information, dates and times of classes, and to refer adults interested in ESL, contact Patti Briones at 909.851.8111.

Holy Family Community Outreach Committee

Committee Members

Mary Sutherland, Chairperson; Gayle Craun; Patricia Briones; Marie Casaus-Marquez; Anne Grant; Kelsey Hart; Frank and Cathy Schmidt; and Bob and Betty Sorge. For further information, contact Mary Sutherland at jhmms@comcast.net.

Meetings

Outreach Committee meetings will be scheduled as needed. Dates will be noted in weekly email messages and Sunday bulletins. All are welcome to join this ongoing ministry.

Jesse Tree

The Jesse Tree became part of the Advent journey for Holy Family when church members found themselves in serious financial straits during the holiday season. The Jesse Tree continues to answer the needs of extended families both in and outside of our faith community. A Christmas tree is decorated with ornaments labeled with gift card amounts from various retail stores, usually Target and Walmart. Holy Family parishioners select and purchase the cards, which are presented to parents by Fr. Scott so that confidentiality is maintained. The parents are then able to enjoy the holiday shopping and giving experience.

Community Partners

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Friends of St. Andrew Hospitality Center is a day shelter started by Queen of Peace Catholic Church in 1986. Homeless individuals and families can enjoy a hot lunch, receive non-perishables from the food bank, receive help with job searches, have an address at which they can receive personal mail, and in general, receive a helping hand.

Holy Family collects food and personal care products on the first weekend of each month at Celtic and Sunday masses.

The shelter is located at 1525 Dallas Street in Aurora. Phone (303)364-2329, email MaureenHampson@queenofpeace.net.

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Family Promise of Greater Denver partners with diverse congregations to provide shelter, meals and hospitality to homeless families across the Denver metro area. Family Promise currently partners with 27 host congregations and 47 support congregations that support their mission: To provide homeless families with emergency shelter, meals and supportive services on their path to self-sufficiency.

Holy Family has had a vital presence in Family Promise for 14 years, serving as a support congregation to Christ the Savior Lutheran Church when families are in residence during week long rotations. We assist with van transport, dinners, overnights, and child care during parenting classes. Our services are crucial to the success of the annual Warming Ways for Winter fundraiser.

A monthly service opportunity on the last Saturday of each month will involve childcare while parents attend classes and cleaning and organizing projects at other times. This is an opportunity for families to work together and for students to get some of their required service hours. Contact Kelsey Hart at kelsey@holyfamilyco.org.

The Family Promise day site is located at 5th and Lipan in downtown Denver. Phone (303)675-0713, www.familypromiseofgreaterdenver.org

Recognition

In 2013, Holy Family was presented with the Circle of Caring award for our commitment to the mission of Family Promise of Greater Denver.

In October, 2007, the Community Outreach Committee received the Marilyn Sandholm "Little Things Mean a Lot" award presented by the Aurora Coalition for Community Services (ACCS). Although the award was presented to the Committee, it belongs to the people of Holy Family who always give from the heart.