Faith, Food and Friends’ is an all-volunteer outreach program that serves a nutritious and appetizing lunch three days a week. Its Statement of Purpose was written by the guests themselves and is read before every meal:
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. WE HAVE HOPE
For over thirty 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.
Beginning in 1985, Carewalk was created by Thomas Pesci, SJ, William Watters, SJ 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 150 meals a week on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 11:30 AM.
Click here to read Faith, Food & Friends Annual Report, as seen in the September 16, 2018 parish bulletin. If you are interested in volunteering for Faith, Food & Friends, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 215-923-1733, ext. 125. You can also contribute to Faith, Food & Friends through Old St. Joseph’s On-line Giving, and you can provide material support through OSJ’s quarterly collections of essential items for our guests. Thank you!