Lenten Collection for Our Sisters and Brothers Experiencing Homelessness
On Jan. 16, 2020, S. Katharine Pinto and Associates Patty Broughton, Irene Diesel, Jan Metz, Debbie Weber, and Rita Wesseling took a tour of Cincinnati-based Esther Marie Hatton Center for Women – a shelter for women who experience homelessness.
S. Katharine serves on the board of Shelterhouse, the organization that oversees the above-mentioned Center for Women as well as a Center for Men and an evening Winter Shelter for women and men. S. Katharine arranged the tour for members of the Office of Peace, Justice and Care for Creation (OPJCC) Advisory Committee.
OPJCC will be introducing a Lenten collection in February. SC family and friends will be invited to donate liquid laundry detergent – a much-needed item for the Shelterhouse centers. Shelterhouse also needs toothbrushes for their residents, so OPJCC will be collecting them as well. The donations will be collected from Feb. 26-April 9 at the OPJCC Office in the Motherhouse, Room 220. Shelterhouse staff will pick up our donations after Easter.
The tour of the Women’s Center was eye-opening and heart-warming. The OPJCC team feels blessed to be partnering with staff and residents of the Shelterhouse centers.
The uncommon, and very specific, request of liquid laundry soap and toothbrushes is a unique almsgiving opportunity for the Charity Family. It is a concrete way of sharing the experience of God’s unconditional love for our sisters and brothers in need and those who serve them.
Debbie Weber Director, OPJCC