Providing Meals for the Homeless
"When I was hungry, you gave Me to eat..."
Each month, the generous parishioners of St. Joseph Parish cook and serve 60-75 meals for two homeless shelters in the Pittsburgh area.
St. Joseph’s is responsible for the evening meal at the women’s shelter, Bethlehem Haven, on the first Wednesday of each month, and at the men’s shelter, Community House, located in East Liberty on the fourth Saturday of each month. Each meal usually consists of meat or chicken, a potato or rice dish, vegetable, salad, rolls with butter, dessert and beverage.
On the sign up sheets, you will see the food item listed, with a number in parentheses. This number indicates the number of servings to be prepared. Please make the portions as generous as possible; this meal is quite possibly the only meal the men/women will have had all day. When cooking for either shelter, please bring the dishes (hot) to the upper level parking lot of the church (by the electronic signboard) by 5:45pm for the women’s shelter, or 6:15pm for the men’s shelter. If you have signed up to provide the beverage, decaffeinated cans of soda are requested. Two to three servers then take the meals to the shelters and serve the meal.
You will receive a reminder phone call or e-mail a day or two in advance of the date you signed up for. If you find you cannot cook/serve on the date, please make every effort to find someone to take your place. This will ensure that there is enough food, or servers, to provide all who are in need with a hearty meal.
Providing a meal for the homeless is a great way for families to join together in helping the less fortunate of our community. The homeless men and women are always very grateful for the time and effort that is put into their meal.