The Director’s Chair

Well it is Christmas once again! I don’t know about you, but this issue of StreetLights seems to be coming around all to quickly to suit me. I was just getting into the swing of summer and all of a sudden it is winter! Good grief.

We are really moving along here with all of our outreach programs. We are as busy as ever. Our newest program that we are formulating is “Saints-in-Training” which will be an outreach collaboration program with various church youth groups to the elderly. We have been talking about this program for over ten years, but never had the money or the people available to get it up and running. You will hear more on this program in the coming months. Keep an eye out for our emails concerning updates to our blog at www.urbanmissionaries.com.

We have a new program manager on board, Ms. Karla Reuter, Program Director. She joined us in the beginning of September. She is responsible for our Food Outreach Program, the Christmas Giving Program, and the Saint Stephen Housing Initiative Program. She is in learning mode right now and is trying to figure us out. Wish her luck with that! Please welcome her as you participate in our various programs.

By the time you receive this newsletter, our Christmas Giving Program will be well underway. We will have already had 7 entry days, and will be setting up the shed and second floor to receive the thousands of Christmas gifts from you and over 7,000 other people who participate in our Giving Trees. Take a look at the volunteer schedule for this year’s program and come on down. As ever, we need you!

We also cannot let this edition go by without saying Thank You to all of the young adults who have come to work with us. Once again, we had two groups from Young neighbors in Action in July as well as the boys of Saint John’s High School and that overly enthusiastic crowd from Saint Bridget’s in Millbury. We had them doing the young man’s favorite, smash, slash and bash, as well as the most odious of jobs, redeeming the returnable bottles and cans, and even working the counter in the LittleStore. These young adults are so willing to give of themselves that they leave an impression on everyone they come into contact with, our customers, our employees, other volunteers and Kathy and I. They kind of take your breath away! God Bless them, everyone.

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Merry Christmas!

Our Christmas Season is well underway! Once again, we are reaching out to you for a donation of your hard earned cash so that we can continue our Christmas Giving Program.

We always wonder how in heaven’s name we are going to be able to get somewhere around 15,000 gifts. To say that it causes us to doubt is an understatement! However, we have learned from the past, and what you have taught us is that you are there and ready to help. We are praying that this year is no exception.

We could show you pictures of mothers waiting to sign up their children. Last year, we had three mothers waiting to sign up at 5:00 a.m., that’s right 5:00 a.m., on the first Saturday in October. We could show you pictures of poorly dressed kids with dirty faces and all that stuff, but we don’t because we believe it demeans those we serve. What we cannot show you is the worry, the hesitation, the fear we see all too frequently when we take applications. We cannot possibly pass along to you these feelings, but they are real enough. They are so real, in fact, that if you were to volunteer with us, you would soon find yourself picking up these feelings from the parents who apply. You would soon sit with a mother who has to decide between spending $4.00 for each of her children, and possibly feeding her family. We hear these stories often in the days leading up to Christmas, so much so that we are all on pins and needles until we receive your Christmas donation. It is then that this great miracle of Christmas starts to spread to everyone who is involved with this program.

Christmas cheer is real! We know that, because of you, we who serve “the least, the last, and the left out” will be overwhelmed by your generosity and the hundreds of friends like you who will choose to respond to our cry for help.

So once again, we ask for your help this Christmas Season. You can also go to our website, www.urbanmissionaries.com and click on the “donate” button to make a secure electronic donation.

Whichever way you decide to be a “Christmas Angel” is fine. Your donation will be greatly appreciated by us and the families who benefit from your donation. It might be a favorite toy, a new winter coat, or even a new computer. Whatever it is, thank you!

Merry Christmas to all, and a Happy New Years to you and yours from us and “the least, the last, and the left out” we have been blessed to serve.

The Christmas Giving Committee

Urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope

www.urbanmissionaries.com

Remember Jesus is the Reason for the Season!!

 

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