Mission

With hope in God’s goodness, we meet as a group of men who share common problems, pain, sorrows, joys and success. Many of us share problems in addiction, homelessness, poverty, mental or emotional disorders, and spiritual emptiness. We desire holistic healing of our bodies, minds and spirits. We pray that this will be the first step in turning our lives around.

Service. Support. Hope. Spirituality. Healing

Food, Faith & Friends Program Hours of Operation

Tuesday & Thursday
11:30 Noon Lunch
1:30 Life Recovery

Saturday
11:30 Noon Lunch
1:30 Spirituality

Program Purpose

Moving forward is the theme of Food, Faith & Friends. The clients are asked to evaluate their lives to see what changes they can make to move forward and find peace.

Program History

For more than twenty years, the parishioners of Old St. Joseph’s Church and other volunteers in the community have responded to the need to feed the homeless and hungry poor in the neighborhood surrounding Old Saint Joseph’s Church.

Founded in 1985, Carewalk was created by Thomas Pesci, S.J., William Waters, S.J. and parishioner Al Gury as a direct response to the homeless living on vents near the church. Their collective effort to feed and warm those few quickly grew into a larger more organized program.

Today, the Old St. Joseph’s Food, Faith & Friends serves over 250 meals a week. Additional services such a computer classes, Life Recovery, health education, tutoring and clothing are also provided in an effort to care for these clients, many of whom suffer from mental illness, addiction and physical impairments.

Food, Faith & Friends Goals

  • Guidance
  • Spirituality
  • Education
  • Recovery
  • Safe Environment
  • Healthy Meals
  • Support

Prayer of Generosity

Lord teach me to be generous,
Teach me to serve you as you deserve;
to give and not to count the cost,
to fight and not heed the wounds,
to toil and not to seek for rest,
to labor and not ask for reward,
save that of knowing that I do your will.

Newsletters

Food, Faith and Friends Newsletter # 1: January 2015

Food, Faith and Friends Newsletter #2: February 2015

Food, Faith and Friends Newsletter, March 2015

Food, Faith and Friends Newsletter, April 2015

Food, Faith and Friends Newsletter, June 2015

Anthony Williams: Words from a client

For years I was living in the streets homeless and without hope.

One day I came to Old St. Joseph’s Outreach Program to eat and continue on my journey.  I was an alcoholic and I wanted to change.  As I continued to come, I stayed for the spiritual part of the program.  I called out for help with my drinking through the grace of God and Old St. Joe’s program.

I now have five years clean, a sponsor and my own apartment.

I thank God and thank you, Old St. Joe’s.

Love,
Anthony

Anthony Williams has been a client of Old St. Joseph’s Food, Faith & Friends for the past three years.  He received his housing through a housing first program, Pathways to Housing.  This program provides homes and support to the mentally ill and chronically homeless citizen of our city.  Anthony also meets weekly with Melina, a parishioner who provides tutoring, support and friendship to Anthony as he continues to move forward and make progress with his life.

Corporate Partnerships