AmazonSmile

We recently set up our account with the AmazonSmile program. It has already started to generate a stream of income for us. now, we are trying to get the word out to all you Amazon shoppers to select either urban Missionaries of Our Lady of Hope or Refugee Apostolate, Inc. This will allow us to receive the benefit of your shopping on AmazonSmile. “What is AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient Read more [...]

Changes, Changes

As we told you in prior issues of StreetLights, we will be making some changes to StreetLights beginning with our February 2018 edition! We will be reducing the total number of pages to four, adding color pictures, and providing links to point you to a more in depth copy of any article. We will also be asking you for an email address that we can use to send your copy of StreetLights, which will allow you to easily go from one article to another simply by clicking on the article’s link. StreetLights Read more [...]

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 Read more [...]

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 Read more [...]

What Urban Missionaries Do!

Today I had one of those experiences, you know the kind that just jump out at you, smile and say, “Here I am!” Well, this one had the audacity to pop into my mind as we were gathering for our Tuesday prayer service. I had gone up to the meditation room ten minutes before noon, our usual time, so I could have some quiet time with the Lord before everyone else came up. As the folks were starting to gather, I noticed that someone was moving chairs around in anticipation of the number of people who Read more [...]

Bag Party!

  You are invited to attended the Annual Trash Bag Party!!!!   Saturday, November 23, 2018 From 12 noon until 5 pm     Festivities take place at:   242 Canterbury St. Worcester MA 01603     Lots of snacks and beverages! RSVP appreciated!     Come on down and do a good deed before the holiday season overruns your good intentions! You're having a what? You're having a what?... So you are probably asking yourself "what in the world is a trash bag party?" Here's Read more [...]

Annual Anniversary Party

Once again the Urban Missionaries of our Lady of hope will celebrate another year of blessings received and works of charity accomplished by the Grace of God. We will gather on October 20, 2018 at Saint Joan of Arc Parish, 570 Lincoln Street, Worcester, MA, in the ARC at 6:00 p.m. for the celebration of a Mass of Thanksgiving for all of the blessings given to us this year. A short program will follow and a buffet of hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be available. We hope to see you there. This Read more [...]

Thank you, Volunteers

For all of our 39 years of existence, there has been one constant that makes this ministry what it is. It is the number of volunteers who come to the Little Store and offer help. Kathy and I are always overwhelmed when we see the individuals and families and groups of friends passing through our doorway. They are full of energy, and laughter is their sign. It moves the soul! We tell everyone about our volunteers. They are our heroes. the dictionary defines a hero as, “a person who is admired or Read more [...]

Just a Heads Up

Once again we are gearing up for the Christmas Giving Program. Yup, it all starts at 5:00 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2018.  I just love writing to you about Christmas while the temperature is in the 90’s! However, I do need to make you aware that we will be counting on you to come and volunteer starting on the first Saturday in October and continuing right up to December 24th. We will be doing applicant intake every Saturday, from 5:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Starting October 6, 2018, and Read more [...]

Welcome Karla Reuter!

We are pleased to introduce the latest member to join our team, Ms. Karla Reuter. Karla is program manager for Food Distribution, Christmas Giving Program, and the Saint Stephen Housing Initiative. Karla has a Bachelor of Science in Education, a Master of Religious Education, and a Certificate of Youth Ministry Studies. She was most recently employed as the Religious Ed. Coordinator at Saint Anne Parish in Southborough. Karla lives in Northborough, with her husband Deacon Paul, and her four children.   Read more [...]

What Urban Missionaries Do

For years now we have been struggling with the problem of when/where/how to place newly arrived refugees, immigrants, and asylees into apartments in the city. Many are newly arrived and really don’t understand the rights and responsibilities of being a tenant and some landlords may take advantage of this, much to the detriment of the tenant. Let us be clear, we are not saying all landlords are not nice, but over the years we have met a few who aren’t and it always costs the tenant. We have often Read more [...]

Summer Fun Giveaway

It started with a phone call from, of all places, the company that does our trash hauling. Dennis, the owner, with his confirmation class at Christ the King Parish came up with this idea to help kids this summer. They collected 30 milk crates, and loaded them with summer items for kids, including sun screen, crayons, chalk, coloring books, beach towels, etc. Dennis called us to see if we would be interested again this year, to pass them out to the children of our customers. Of course, we said Read more [...]

Changes

There is a time for all things and now is a time of change in our ministry family. It is both a happy time because we are welcoming Jeff Hall as our Little Store operations manager and Riley Smith as our Saturday counter clerk, and a sad time because we are saying goodbye to Marielis Manzueta, who has been our LittleStore clerk for the past year. Jeff Hall Jeff was volunteering for us at the Saint Paul Outreach - Food Pantry on Saturday mornings for a little over one year while he was working Read more [...]

The Director’s Chair

It is that time of year when we make our annual appeals for volunteers and for new sustainer enrollments. I know I have been beating this drum for a long, long time, and I am wondering if I haven’t put you to sleep. Or maybe it is just me getting old!  But without either of these two really important tools, volunteers and sustainers, we are seriously hobbled in what we can do to address the needs of “the least, the last, and the left out.”  And addressing them is a  must, with Read more [...]

Our sustainer drive

It is spring and that means it is time for our sustainer drive. This year we have the opportunity to tell you about  Irene L. Healy, a sustainer extraordinaire. Over the years, I have introduced many of my parents’ friends to our StreetLight readers. There was Ma, Auntie Freddie, Mary K, and now there is Irene Healy. Each of these individuals has had a profound effect on me personally, as well as on this ministry.  Each of them was entertained by my mother’s and father’s stories Read more [...]

Westborough Public Library Purse Giveaway

Once again, our friends at the Westborough Public Library included the Little Store as one of their distribution locations for their annual “Gently Used Pocketbooks and Purses” program. These purses and pocketbooks are packed with various new items, ranging from hand sanitizer to rain hats to umbrellas, that the women find very useful. We gave them away at Easter time, and this year we distributed 100 pocketbooks and purses to customers of the Little Store. They actually were distributed in Read more [...]

Our Spring Fling Flea Market

Our Spring Fling Flea Market will be kicking off on Saturday, May 18, 2018 at 7:00 a.m. Our goal is to have a flea market every Saturday until the last Saturday in September, which is the 28th. Yes, we know this is a very aggressive goal, but we have to clean out as much stock stored in the shed as possible before Christmas.  To make matters a little more difficult we are going to be calling on you and yours for help in making this happen.   Where: Our Lady of Hope Center, 242 Canterbury Read more [...]

Valentine’s Day Fundraiser

The very best part of working in this ministry is the surprises we get from people who we don’t know. They come to us with some truly wonderful ideas to help others. Such was the case back in January when I received a telephone call from John William Bonia, a student at WPI and a member of the  AXQ fraternity. The fraternity brothers decided to make up origami roses and sell them to the WPI student body on Valentines day and donate the proceeds to an organization that works with the poor in the Read more [...]

Our Newest Citizen

  Say hello to our newest citizen, Maria Quinones.  Maria and one of her instructors, Deacon Tony Fiore, are pictured above holding Maria’s citizenship certificate.  Maria also worked with Liz Kavanagh, another mentoring volunteer but Liz was not available on the day when this picture was taken. Maria was a student in our Sr. Alice Petty, R.S.M. student mentoring program. This program pairs one student to one instructor so that they may learn English, citizenship, or computer skills Read more [...]

The Ramp

When we first looked at 242 Canterbury St. as a possible new home I had a list of things that we could do that would make it much more hospitable. One of them was to have a handicap ramp installed so that people who could not do stairs would have a ramp. After one or two false starts we finally had an outside metal ramp donated. That was over 3 years ago! It sat in our basement waiting to be installed. In February of this year, it occurred to me that a friend in this business of “do gooding, Read more [...]