The Door Ministry
Today, the Door Ministry is backed by support from people all over the city. Because of this, Holy Family Parish is able to serve many more who need help. The Office is open between the hours of 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM Monday through Thursday and can be accessed through an entrance on the North side of the church building. The Door Ministry provides clothing for adults and children, pantries, and financial assistance for rent, utilities, transportation, pharmacy and other needs as presented. We maintain a file of those receiving pantries and financial assistance. In 2015-16, July-June, over 18,000 adults and children were helped with food, clothing or financial assistance.
An offshoot of the Door Ministry is our annual Sock and Underwear Give-Away event. So that children may start the school year more properly clothed. Thursday and Friday, July 21 and 22, 2016, from 4 – 6 PM, vouchers were distributed , free of charge, for underwear and socks for school-aged children. All are welcome to come. This program benefited 1,250 children with vouchers. Besides, packs of socks and underwear remain available at Holy Family. Agencies that may receive such packs are St. Joseph’s Mission in South Dakota, Boys Town in Omaha, NE, Omaha Public Schools, and Pattie’s Pantry in Omaha.
The Food Re-Distribution Program
Each day, Holy Family vans make their rounds to over 30 locations to pick up unsold food from cooperating groceries, bakeries and restaurants throughout the metro Omaha area The food is then re-distributed to pantries, shelters, residential facilities for the mentally handicapped, Catholic Charity facilities, the Nebraska youth prison and a number of Omaha Housing Authority high rise facilities. This program benefits many low income, needy and elderly persons.
This program recovers and moves about 1,000 pounds of food a day. This is usable food that would otherwise be thrown away. The cost for this program is the care and upkeep of the vans, insurance and fuel, as volunteers, mostly Knights of Columbus, drive the vans..
The Lunch Program
Similar to the Food Re-Distribution Program, lunch giveaways benefit charitable facilities and individual low income homeless persons. Each day, Sunday through Friday, a crew of volunteers gathers in Holy Family’s social hall and makes sandwiches and assembles hundreds of lunches. In addition to a meat sandwich, the lunches might include bottled water, crackers, cookies, chips, and fruit when available. The number of lunches needed on any given day is influenced by the weather and the needs of other organizations. but a month average is about 7,000.