Active involvement in our community here at St. Andrew’s, in Wellesley and greater Boston, as well as globally, gives us the opportunity to strengthen our faith and share the bounty of our gifts with others. There are many ways to be involved at St. Andrew’s from a fellowship event to helping various outreach ministries.
We expect you are concerned about the needy in our community in these days and we encourage your prayers for our outreach partners. Here is an update, as of of March 31, 2020, on each partner and its needs. And, if you are shopping on Amazon, consider using Amazon SMILE to support el hogar in Honduras, or the Pearl Street Cupboard and Cafe/United Way of Tri-County.
St. Stephen’s Youth Programs
We are actively supporting SSYP to distribute food to needy families in their group of 200 families. Click here to access our St. Andrew’s signup genius. We are also encouraging contributions to their Pandemic Relief Fund. 98% of these households have lost one or more jobs in the economic closures. SSYP was able to get a PPP grant to continue paying their 32 adult staff and 29 teen staff, which is the only family income in many cases. Sign up here to prepare and transport food for the B-SAFE 2020 summer camp. Click here to donate directly to all St. Stephen’s youth programs.
Some astonishingly good news: a family of four moved out of shelter, after two years, and into their own apartment! The remaining shelter families are in a hotel and trying to maintain some normalcy. FPM is serving 23 families, with 27 adults and 46 children across all the programs. The Campaign for Hope exceeded its fundraising goal, but we still need donations during the pandemic. Would welcome financial donations.
common cathedral is continuing to have Sunday worship, safely, with the homeless congregation at Brewer Fountain on Boston Common, and offering what people need now: respite, bathroom, phone charger, food, rest. At the Day Center at Emmanuel Church, visitors can get a sandwich and a place to rest, at a safe distance. Click here to donate.
Healthcare Without Walls
HWW continues to provide medical service to homeless and marginally housed women and babies, and supporting clients with grocery store gift cards. Click here to donate.
United Way/Pearl Street Cupboard & Cafe
While Pearl Street Cafe is not serving meals, the food pantry is open and is distributing needed food.
Please click here to donate.
Continues individually making many shawls, baby hats and sweaters, in anticipation of a greater than expected need this coming winter.
Staff are working in one- to two-week shifts around the clock, living on campus to ensure the health, safety and emotional welfare of the 41 children living at El Hogar during the crisis. There are always three teachers on site and the cook lives at the school. All the teachers and staff continue to be paid and El Hogar received a PPP grant to pay their US staff. Fortunately, there has been no infection so far. Please click here to donate.
Wellesley Food Pantry
Please see their website for list of needed items, which can be dropped off Monday mornings, or in bins at town grocery stores. They have changed procedures to keep a safe distance and volunteers bag the items (not clients getting items) to reduce exposure. The Pantry will temporarily move to the UU church at the end of May due to renovations starting at the Hills Church. Please click here to donate.