Cathedral Outreach continues to grow .Thanks to our dedicated and faithful lay volunteers and leaders, as well as the care and support of all the Cathedral staff, we continue the work of Outreach programs.
A major component of outreach is the Food Pantry. Families living in the 87102 area are able to 'shop' for staples like pasta, veggies, and flour as well as eggs, hot dogs, fresh fruit and veggies, which are distributed weekly. Donations are obtained from the congregation, through Roadrunner Food Bank, and from Walmart.
The Back to School Back Pack Program provides brand new back packs and school supplies to many of the children of clients of the Food Pantry in time for the start of school. I emphasize “brand new” because unlike so many of us, these kids rarely have anything that is new and truly their own. Every Christmas the Angel Tree project presents gifts and food boxes to many of the Food Pantry clients. The annual Cookie Bake Off in December supplies fresh cookies to each of these families, as well.
The Thrift Shop is the gift that keeps on giving. It continued to bless its patrons with clothes and many different items for the home. Also, once again, it gave very generous financial support to our outreach programs.
Volunteers staff an Outreach Desk Tuesday through Thursday morning to offer assistance and referrals to individuals and families who walk in and ask for help. We provide all sorts of referrals for community and Cathedral resources. Although we cannot meet all the needs, we offer a listening ear and help as we are able. .
Even though we are doing well in our Outreach efforts, please know that all of our programs need volunteers! The time requirements are flexible and few, and the rewards are immense!