The summer heat wave has made for a busy month! 

Record high temperatures are very dangerous for the unsheltered homeless. This past week we have been working hard to help these individuals stay safe in motels using our inclement weather fund. Thank you for your support in funding our homeless services– without it, many of our neighbors would have no safe space in extreme weather conditions.

Our food pantry is also running extraordinarily low—many families have children home from school and need our help keeping food on the table. If your family, neighborhood, or office is able to host a food drive or contribute to the food pantry funds, please let us know! We even had a family host a lemonade stand and raise $100 towards feeding hungry children.

Our summer reading program has been a huge blessing to families coming in for appointments and services. 

Thanks to the generosity of parishioners at Saint Bede Catholic Church and community members, we have many books organized by reading level, ready to gift to the children who are in our offices. 

As we look to the fall, we will be participating in the United Way Day of Caring service day on September 13th. We will be hosting two major volunteer projects: packaging feminine hygiene products and an outdoor planting project. 

The first project is a direct response to the needs of the young women in our community. Many young women miss school and/or work each month because they cannot afford to buy feminine hygiene products. 

Throughout August, we will be collecting feminine hygiene products and small cosmetic bags so these young women can discreetly carry their items and continue their education and professional life. We hope to provide a year’s worth of feminine hygiene products to 200+ women. These items will also be made available to homeless women in the area. 

Thank you for your continued support, even in this season of travel and vacation. 

We truly appreciate you making it possible for us to “Be Mercy” to our neighbors in need by meeting the ongoing and new needs that we encounter. 

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