Food Pantry Needs
• $10 Walmart or Jewel cards (distributed at our Easter food pantry)
• Canned or dry milk
• Baby Wipes
• Cleaning Supplies
Donations can be dropped off before or after masses or anytime daily between 7:45am-4pm in Food Pantry bins in the Narthex.
Upcoming Food Pantry Changes
This year we will be making many updates and changes to our food pantry. Our long term goal is to improve the food pantry to best meet the needs of our neighbors where they are, serve them with dignity, and provide pathways to self-sufficiency.
Most of the steps to achieve these goals will happen beginning in May. An overview of each of these changes is below:
Permanent Space: The food pantry has had a small storage space and each month we move everything into the Church Narthex for distribution. In the Spring we will begin permanently moving the pantry to the rectory basement and host our distribution out of this space instead of Church. This will allow us to expand our storage capacity, offer client choice, add freezers/refrigerators, and offer weekly distribution to clients.
Extended Hours & Weekly Distribution: We are thrilled to finally be able to offer distribution weekly (instead of monthly) to the clients starting in May. This increases access to food, particularly to working families, by extending hours and dates to open our doors on a more frequent and accessible basis. Distribution is currently the second Thursday of the month from 6:30-8:00pm. We will switch this to every Thursday night from 6:00-8:00pm. Clients will still be able to come just once a month but will have many more options to come when it is most convenient for them.
Client Choice: This will allow us to shift from pre-packed bags to full choice distribution, encouraging healthy food choices, nutrition, and dignity for pantry clients by allowing them to select the items they wish to receive while also reducing food waste.
Wider Variety of Items: With this new space we will be able to offer meat, milk, and other cold/frozen perishable items. We currently have an onsite garden with 10 raised beds. With the increased space and distribution schedule we will be able to get our homegrown, organic, local produce to the clients more often so less food goes to waste.
Technology: Starting this Spring, we will switch over our paper registration book to the Greater Chicago Food Depository online client registration system, Food Bank Manager. This will streamline our intake process and significantly improve our capacity to track data.
Volunteers: These changes will shifts some of our current volunteer roles while opening up many new opportunities for volunteers, especially during Thursday evening distributions.
All of these changes and updates to our pantry will help us to provide better service to more clients, more often. We will continue to post updates in the Canticle in the coming weeks with more details on each of these components and ways you can help. We encourage you to check back often as we move forward on these exciting updates.
Monthly Domestic Violence Support Group
If you or someone close to you is experiencing domestic violence this group may be very helpful.
The objective of the group is to provide all a chance to talk about domestic violence and share questions, concerns and experiences with others who are facing – or who have faced – similar situations in confidence.
Please contact Kendall Grant (firstname.lastname@example.org) or 708.215.5418 for more information.
Interfaith Career Network
Quarterly Resume Review
Interfaith Career Network invites you to join us on Saturday, March 3, 9:30-11:30 am. Come in for a helpful one-on-one conversation with a HR, or other search related professional for some ideas and suggestions that may enhance or refresh your resume. Looking for some helpful job search strategies? Need some coaching with your elevator speech? This is a great opportunity for you or someone you know in a job search. There is no charge for this service. Join us at St. John of the Cross Parish Center, 5000 South Wolf Road, Western Springs.
Interfaith Career Network (ICN) offers job support through various programs throughout the month. For further information, please visit our website at www.interfaithcareernetwork.org.
We encounter Cesia in Nicaragua, where, despite a lack of economic opportunity, young people pursue their dreams by building businesses to better their lives. How can you work to improve the lives of others this Lent? How can you support those, worldwide, who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities? Visit www.crsricebowl.org for more.
Thanks to all of our volunteers who helped hand out Rice Bowls at Masses last weekend. If you did not get a Rice Bowl but would still like one, please stop by the Parish Center to pick one up!
Join us Friday, March 2 at 7:00pm in the Church for a truly inspiring story of survival and success. Thomas Awiapo shares his story of growing up in a small African village in Ghana, Thomas was orphaned before the age of ten and left on his own to struggle for survival. He was the second of four brothers; his youngest two brothers died of malnutrition and lack of care.
His search for food led him to an elementary school, where he was fed a small meal every day. He survived, studied, and eventually won scholarships to attend college. He later earned a master’s degree from California State University.
Today, Thomas works with Catholic Relief Services as a consultant and integral part in bringing global solidarity. He lives in Ghana with his wife and four children. His story of initiative and his joyful presence has brought inspiration to thousands of people in the U.S.
Thomas’ talk will be followed by Stations of the Cross. We hope you can join us!
Saint Vincent dePaul
During the 2018 “Friend of the Poor” Benefit for Chicago-SVDP there will be a Grand Prize Car Raffle to win a 2018 Buick Encore! ($25,000 Value)
Raffle Tickets $25 Each
Winner need not be present to win. Drawing held day of event, April 22, 2018 at Drury Lane, Oakbrook Terrace. Must be 18 years of age or older to enter raffle. No redeemable cash value. Winner responsible for taxes, title, transfer, and insurance.
To purchase tickets: www.svdpbenefit.org