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
11:30 Noon Lunch
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.
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
- Safe Environment
- Healthy Meals
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.
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.
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.