The Door Ministry
Our Door Minister, Pattie Fidone, is backed by support from volunteers from all over the city. Because of this, Holy Family Parish is able to serve many more who need help. The Door Ministry 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 those receiving financial assistance. In 2016-17, July-June, about 12,000 adults and children were helped with food, clothing or financial assistance.
The sock and underwear program was on Friday, July 21, from 4-7 pm, and Saturday, July 22, from 9 am-12 noon, in 2017, at St. Vincent de Paul at 21st and Leavenworth. Parents received $20 vouchers for their children – 1,000 were given out. All were redeemed. This program is no longer a Holy Family ministry and will be offered in its entirety by The Vincent de Paul Society in 2018.
Thanks to volunteers, and the Omaha World Herald’s Goodfellows, the de Paul Society will be able to continue this annual School Socks and Underwear Giveaway for school-age children, held for many years by Holy Family. Three years ago we began a voucher program. In 2018 and the years to come many volunteers will still be needed to continue the program. Please contact Bonnie Beacom at St. Vincent de Paul to volunteer: 402-731-4577 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. Volunteers, mostly Knights of Columbus, drive the vans. More drivers are needed. To volunteer please contact Deacon Al, 401-345-1062.
The Lunch 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 monthly average is about 7,000. As with the Door Ministry volunteers come from all over the city to help. A different volunteer oversees each day and ensures that all operates smoothly.