The Outreach Commission invites St. Paul’s parishioners to participate in a new ministry, the Walk-in Ministry at Trinity Cathedral. Once every 5 weeks, Trinity Cathedral participates in a walk-in ministry for the homeless and needy people of downtown Pittsburgh, as a part of the Downtown Ministerium. The Outreach Office in the cathedral is open from 10am to 2pm Mondays through Thursdays. The goal is to offer short-term food supplies, immediate snacks and sandwiches, household and personal products, and information concerning access to transportation, housing, utility assistance, food, and shelter. Volunteers meet the clients, enter information into a database to determine eligibility, and offer assistance as available. The remaining weeks this year are October 9-12, November 13-16, and December 18-21. Volunteers typically spend 1-4 hours on one or more of the scheduled days. Training is available for new volunteers. Parking is available in the Oliver Garage behind the cathedral, and the Wood Street T Station offers convenient access to the area. While volunteers are being solicited from all churches in the diocese, St. Paul’s took the lead in staffing many of the time slots in July and August. More information may be obtained by contacting Pat Eagon Stafford ([email protected]), Sara Irwin ([email protected]), or Betty Duckstein ([email protected]).
The Outreach Commission will discuss the Walk-In Ministry at the upcoming meeting scheduled for Thursday, September 7th. The meeting will be held in the library, and will begin at 6:30pm with a discussion and planning session for the fall fundraiser HarvestFest Dinner on October 7th. After the dinner planning portion of the meeting, other outreach efforts will be discussed, including meals for Shepherd’s Heart and Severe Weather Emergency Shelters, garden programs, food pantry donations, and distribution of outreach funds. All are welcome to attend either or both portions of the meeting, with the second part beginning at approximately 7:15pm. If anyone has questions, please call Pat Eagon Stafford at 412-849-8007 (cell) or 412-276-7721 (home), or by email at [email protected]