Caring for the Homeless Community in a Time of Need
As a deacon in an urban parish, I have routine contact with the homeless in our community. Our parish is close to an overnight shelter, a drop-in center, soup kitchen, and a community pantry which operate under a Christian collaborative called Cornerstone. The Cornerstone group was started by several Catholic parishes in collaboration with local Christian churches that saw the need to support God's people in need. Over time it has grown to be a valuable ecumenical ministry in our town.
In addition to encountering the homeless in the outreach ministries, several of the homeless come to Mass on weekends and some on week days. The parish community has been very open to welcoming the homeless into our community whenever we gather. The relationship is based on our commitment to love as Christ loves and many of those who are served are of different faiths or of none at all.