Tuesday Soup Kitchen takes place beginning at noon on Tuesdays. Food is prepared in off-site kitchens and delivered to St. James. Volunteers package the meals at St. James for distribution. The number of volunteers remains limited in order to ensure safe practices. Volunteers have the capacity to distribute 50-100 meals every Tuesday.
Friday Soup Kitchen happens every Friday beginning at around 3:30pm until 5:00pm. Volunteers have re-organized the cooking and the distribution of meals in order to comply with safe practices, limiting volunteers to a minimum and requiring safe distancing, masks, gloves, and frequent hand washing. But the meal service continues nonetheless and has remained popular with our unhoused neighbors Volunteers distribute between 70 and 100 home-cooked meals every week.
To learn more about volunteering for Friday Soup Kitchen, contact Father Jon Feuss at email@example.com.
Thursday Food Pantry continues to distribute about 140 bags of food to people from the neighborhood around St. James. About three-quarters of the bags contain groceries and supplies for people living with a kitchen, and the other one-quarter contain ready-to-eat single-serving foods for people who do not have access to a kitchen (mostly people experiencing homelessness).
Volunteers come in on Wednesday, generally from 7:45 to 9:45 a.m., to prepare the bags. A team of volunteers then distributes the bags on Thursday mornings beginning at 8 a.m.
To learn more about volunteering for Food Pantry, contact Cathy Helm at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shower of Hope
Every Saturday morning, the volunteers with the Shower of Hope Project provide hot showers and clean clothes for over forty people living on the street around St. James.
The showers are housed in a portable van, brought into the church parking lot at around 8am. The van is an ingenious device containing four private stalls requiring just a garden hose hookup and a regular electrical outlet to function. The Shower of Hope team manages the van, including complete sanitation between every shower.
Volunteers from St. James provide hosting, including breakfast, safe access to the restrooms, and clean clothes from our Donated Clothes Closet. To learn more about volunteering for the Shower Project at St. James, click here.