Homelessness in Rochester – How Can Our Faith Communities Help? Recording

The Homelessness Webinar was held Thursday, May 20, 2021. One myth surrounding those experiencing homelessness is that they must have made a bad decision. The truth is an unforeseen event could put every one of us in their shoes. A panel of experts discussed all aspects of homelessness, but most importantly, they shared information on simple and practical ways every one of us can help. Panelists Ryan Cardarella – Dorothy Day House, Tim Geisler – SVDP Saint Vincent DePaul, Bri Bednar – Family Promise, Dan Fifield – The Landing, Lisa Mueller – Salvation Army, Trent Fluegel – HRA Housing and Redevelopment Authority,   Rudy Naul – Catholic Charities Warming Center

We can change the world and make it a better place. It’s in your hands to make a difference. Nelson Mandela

We exist to give ourselves away in love.

We believe that our service ministry represents Christ, through using our gifts to  carry on Christ’s work of love and compassion in the world. St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is proud of the outreach programs we provide for our local, state and national communities. Please join the many St. Lukans who make a difference in the needs of others.

Outreach provides laughter and friendships gained in fellowship as well as in service, through varied and enjoyable outreach fundraisers.

The Community Link ministry connects community needs with those at St. Luke’s who are willing to help and support. From snow boots to laundry soap for a neighbor or fellow parishioner, needs of all sorts can be met through online connections.

Reach High Mentoring

Reach High is a mentoring program that matches caring parishioners with students from local elementary schools to provide assistance with homework all while developing friendships between youth and caring adults.

Epiphany Birthday Bags

In celebration of the birth of Jesus, donations are taken each year for birthday bags. Each bag includes a kit of items for a birthday party. The bags are used by mothers residing at the Women’s Shelter who are unable to acquire supplies for their child’s birthday party.

Operation Backpack

Each month during the school year, “Operation Backpack” will list in the Lifelines five of the most needed school supplies at Sunset Terrace Elementary and John Marshall High School. These can be dropped off at St. Luke’s , Monday through Friday, 8-5 and of course on Sunday. Drop in the bins marked ‘Snacks’, ‘Sunset Terrace’ or ‘John Marshall’ located in the downstairs foyer. Our Operation Backpack Team will deliver them to the schools.   Please check Lifelines for how you can get involved.  

Channel One Volunteering

Many of our parishioners volunteer at  Channel One Food Bank as their time allows.  To learn how you can volunteer, please visit their website .

Isaiah Project

Many parishioners within St. Luke’s congregation have chosen to become involved in the Isaiah, MN Project. What is ISAIAH, MN? We are a multi-racial, state-wide, nonpartisan coalition of faith communities fighting for racial and economic justice in Minnesota. Check their website to learn how you can become involved.

Rummage Sale

The annual spring rummage sale is on hiatus, but start thinking about which treasures you would like to donate.  Please watch this space and Lifelines for updates. Your spring cleaning items are our treasures!

Highway 52 Cleanup

St. Luke’s cleans their adopted section of Highway 52 two to three times a year. A crew of 12 is needed for this project and takes just a few hours. The crew is enthusiastic and has fun. Join them!

San Jose Obrero – Service Support

Each week during harvest/canning season, two Sunday services are offered to the migrant workers in Montgomery, MN.  A prepared meal is served after each service, around 4:15 p.m. and 6:15 p.m. We set up, serve, socialize and clean up. If you speak Spanish – it is a great way to practice your skills. If you are unable to go with us, you may also donate food items for the meal. St. Luke’s and Calvary are working together for this event.  Please see Lifelines for this year’s information, or get involved by contacting us.

Episcopal Relief and Development

St. Luke’s supports the work of Episcopal Relief and Development, which provides compassionate response to human suffering around the world. Click here to learn more.

Cooking at Dorothy Day

Some of our parishioners provide a meal once a month at Dorothy Day Hospitality House. Dorothy Day Hospitality House is a temporary homeless shelter. If you would like to volunteer in this way, please contact us and we will help you to join a team. This outreach is so rewarding and takes only a few hours per month.

Holiday Meals

St. Luke’s will again be donating Holiday Meals to Rochester families in need. We know that these are especially hard times and providing food for a special holiday meal brings joy not only to the families receiving the meal, but much more joy to those who give the meal. Please check Lifelines for updates on how to help as we approach the holidays.

Adopt a Family Holiday Tree

St. Luke’s will again be adopting families for Christmas. Please check Lifelines for updates on how to help as we approach the holidays.   

Lenten Outreach Project

Join us in Lent as we reflect on the meaning of the season through a special outreach project. This project varies from year to year depending on the needs of the community.

St. Luke’s Mini-library

The Mini-Library outside of St. Luke’s continues to serve our neighborhood, especially when so many students are learning from home. All are encouraged to drop off books that you would like to donate. Children’s books are particularly desirable. All St. Luke’s members are encouraged to donate books to the mini-library as you are able. Please only put books inside the library, not on the steps next to it so that books remain in good and usable condition for those who take them.

Home and Hearth

The Landing (507-884-0423) and The Warming Shelter (507-458-1223) accept new or gently used adult socks and jeans, which are given to homeless adults. Feel free to drop these off at St. Luke’s and we’ll get them delivered.   Please check Lifelines for information on how to volunteer. If you have donations of new or gently used household items, including couches, tables with chairs, beds, bedding, towels, dishes, etc, here are many wonderful options. Catholic Charities at 507-287-2047 will arrange pickup from your house and accepts all the above. Donations are used for refugee families.   St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church Resource Room at 507-288-7313 works with St. Vincent De Paul for helping Rochester homeless families and adults or for families in crisis with relocation needs to start their new apartments. They accept non-furniture items. They will arrange a time when you can drop off your items.    St. Vincent De Paul (507-250-5715) directly accepts beds, tables dressers and household items, (not couches), but will usually ask you to hold onto the items until move in day, as they do not have a storage place. They appreciate a drop off, but will pick up if needed.  

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Whoever you are, wherever you are in your faith journey, you are welcome in this place

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church 1884 22nd Street NW, Rochester, MN 55901
(507) 288-2469

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