RESPONDING TO POPE FRANCIS’ CHALLENGE
God of peace and justice,
you give us the capacity to change,
to bring about a world that mirrors your wisdom.
Create in us a desire to act in solidarity,
so that the pillars of injustice crumble
and those now crushed are set free. Amen
Shelter and Food
Many of those who responded to the live Simply survey we conducted earlier in the year wanted to know more about what they could do locally, especially to help people who are homeless.
Hope4 Rugby, started by the Rugby Churches, is the local charity which helps people who are homeless or badly-housed. They provide practical support helping people to find jobs and accommodation, sign-posting to other agencies, IT facilities for job-hunting, advice, helping with benefit claims and job applications, food, showers, laundry facilities and beds for rough-sleepers in the winter.
They are always looking for new volunteers. A volunteer application form can be downloaded from their website. The new volunteer co-ordinator is Patricia Lole – email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01788 544 732
At present they need the following volunteers:
- Someone to help with laundry on a regular basis
- Catering leaders to cook lunches for up to 35 guests
- People to help serve lunches and clear away afterwards
- Team Leaders for Hope4U for Monday, Wednesday or Friday evenings once a month
Also with Winter just around the corner, some people might be interested in helping out with the Winter Shelter which is usually offered between 1 December 2015 and 31 March 2016 (dates may be subject to change). Again, consult Hope4 Rugby for full details.
Sacred Heart parishioners are good supporters of Rugby Foodbank. It opened its doors in March 2012 and since then has helped 9060 people including 3416 children. So far in 2015 the Foodbank is helping feed an average of 249 people a month including an average of 90 children. Donations since opening have been over 120 tonnes of food.
The Foodbank will provide emergency food for anyone in a crisis, including those who are homeless, as long as they have been referred by one of the 100 or so care agencies within Rugby.
The Foodbank website provides a weekly update of what goods they need most urgently and what they have got enough of – so always good to check the site very quickly before you do weekly shop. Items can be left in the red boxes provided in the Narthex. Volunteers from the parish drop off contributions to the Foodbank each week. Check the Parish website too for posts/updates.