As part of our outreach to the local community, St. Monica regularly contributes to and volunteers with local organizations that serve the local poor, particularly the homeless in our midst.
We have four great teams of volunteers: PATH (People Assisting the Homeless) Team, Samoshel Team, Turning Point Team, and St. Robert's Center Team. Before we entered in the COVID-19 Safer at Home time, the first three teams would serve at a Transitional Shelter once a month, and the St. Robert's Center team served every six weeks.
During COVID-19, however, the shelters have the staffing they need, so we're focusing our efforts on St. Robert's Center!
Once every six weeks, the Transitional Shelter teams will join together to serve at the Center, as well the St. Robert's Center team.
We partner with Catholic Charities at the St. Robert’s Center, helping to prepare and distribute meals, toiletries and clothing to the homeless in our community. The St. Robert’s Center fills a very critical need in our area—since its inception many years ago, the St. Robert’s Center is the only weekend food pantry on the Westside. Every six weeks, volunteers serve on Saturday, preparing sack lunches for people in need, and distributing clothing and toiletries as needed.
The volunteer shift is from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m., and the Center has instituted health & safety precautions (gloves, masks, social distancing, and a contactless "Grab & Go" distribution). At particular points during the year, we may collect items that the Center especially needs.