On December 7, 2019, Crossroads Foundation and St. James Ministry Center Food Pantry in Wilkinsburg partnered together for a day of service as part of the “Crossroads Community Collaboration” volunteer series. This follows the first event held in August with Operation Better Block in Homewood.
Volunteers cleaned floors, painted walls and organized various spaces throughout the Ministry Center and parish buildings. The intention was to not only provide a more appealing space for the community served at this location, but enhance the meaning of building partnerships for Crossroads scholars.
The St. James Social Ministry is part of the Catholic Community of the East End of Pittsburgh, which is comprised of the parishes of St. James Church (Wilkinsburg), St. Bede (Point Breeze) and St. Charles Lwanga (Homewood). The Ministry Center distributes food on the third Saturday of the month at the Wilkinsburg location. At the present time, 192 families are registered with the food bank. Families with children, elderly, veterans, and disabled are served by approximately 30 volunteers on distribution Saturday.
A Health Ministry and Mary’s Child Program are also held at the time of the food distribution. Health Ministry allows clients to receive blood pressure screening and discuss their health concerns with one of the volunteer nurses. Mary’s Child provides necessities to mothers of children from birth to five years old. Diapers, wipes, formula, baby food, gently used clothing and baby items such as high chairs, strollers, pack-n-plays are available.
Crossroads had over 50 volunteers attend including staff, board members, scholars and their families!
Thank you to everyone who helped make this day so special!