Community Service 

Catholic Charities Emergency Shelter “Thank You!” – Parish Volunteers Needed 

Thank you so much for your gift of the creative meals you have provided each month for our guests over the past twenty years.  You help make our guests feel cared for and you also take a burden off of staff who would be cooking if the meal weren’t provided.  This saves us several thousands of dollars each year. We cannot thank you enough.

~ Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter

 

Members of our parish provide one meal for guests at Catholic Charities Emergency Family Shelter on the second Sunday of each month.   We currently need volunteers for January through July, September, and December 2020.  One or more families can volunteer to prepare and deliver a meal, although the shelter prefers that no more than five people actually be present at the house at a time. Volunteers can pay for the meal themselves, be reimbursed by the parish, or receive a Gift-In-Kind receipt that you can use for a tax deduction. To volunteer or to find out more, please contact Lisa or Tim Kautza at kautza@netins.net or 515-964-7687.

 

We are grateful to the following parishioners who prepared meals in 2019: Cross Ministry Team, Arlene and Todd Anderson family, Sheri Olson and family, Tammi and Garrett McClain, Stacie and Joel Hergenreter, JoAnn Meusburger, Sharon Adams, Lisa Pritchard, Kathy and Rick Daup, Knights of Columbus, Angie and Matt Miller family, and the Finance Council.

 

Food Pantry Collection

Please bring non-perishable food items to Mass the 3rd weekend of each month; we will also take up a monetary collection. Thank you for your continued generosity in sharing with those in need. 


Cards for Home-Bound and in Care Facilities

If you know someone who might like to receive cards from parishioners, please ask them if we may put their address in the bulletin so cards can be sent.

 

St. Vincent DePaul 

Donations are needed at our 1426 6th Ave. and 520 Army Post Rd. locations. Store proceeds are used to fund programming that serves the local community, with clothes also being given out in our clothing pantry. If you are unable to drop donations off, please call 515-282-8328 to schedule a pick-up. Furniture items are especially needed during these cold months. Thank you for helping us help others!

 

Volunteer Needs with Catholic Charities

Can you assist with any of the following?

Hygiene Training – help teach refugees proper hygiene cleaning to keep their apartments nice and clean. (Tuesday, Friday 1:00 – 3:00pm.)

Apartment Setup – help set up refugees’ apartments by moving around furniture and putting dishware and cleaning supplies in the correct places. (Thursday, Friday 1:00-3:00pm)

Financial Literacy – help teach financial literacy at our Outreach Center with Shontrelle Johnson (3rd Tuesday each month, 10:30 – 11:30am)

To start volunteering with Catholic Charities of Des Moines or if you have questions, contact Kaitlin Damerval 515-237-5091 or volunteer at volunteer@chatholiccharitiesdm.org. 


Food Donations Needed for The Blessing Box

Donations most needed for The Blessing Box, the Elkhart Community Food Pantry, are meals in a can (soup, stew, chili), tuna or canned chicken, peanut butter, canned foods with pop-top lids, canned fruit in its own juice or water, low-sodium canned vegetables, olive or canola oil, spices, low-sugar whole grain cereals, healthy snacks (granola bars, nuts, dried fruit), beans, and rice.    Cash donations are also welcome payable to The Blessing Box and sent to The Blessing Box, c/o Elkhart Christian Church, P.O. Box 97, Elkhart, IA  50073.  Interested in volunteering? Contact Tim Kautza; 515-964-7687; kautza@netins.net.


Food Pantry

Contact:  St. Mary-Holy Cross Parish Office

Donations of non-perishable food items for the Food Pantry are collected on the third (3rd) Sunday of each month, at all the weekend Masses.   Additionally at all these Masses, a monetary collection is taken.  Donations collected are given locally to one of the following:  Maxwell Food Pantry; Impact Community Action Partnership in Ankeny; Huxley Food Pantry, Catholic Charities Food Pantry in Des Moines or Catholic Charities Emergency Shelter in Des Moines.  

Des Moines Area Religious Council (DMARC) also accepts cash donations for area Food Pantry's.

Prayer Requests 

If illness or a crisis strikes your family or friends, don't hesitate to contact us so members of our Parish may offer prayers for your needs.  For requests or to participate in our prayer chain, contact Barb Liske or at 515-367-2685 or fill out this online form.