Outreach

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Rebuilding Together Every year on the last Saturday of April numerous parishioners work to repair several owner occupied homes of the low-income elderly and handicapped of the community. Although this work is usually completed in one day, the rest of the year is spent preparing for the event.

Goose Hollow Homeless Shelter This shelter for homeless families operates out of the First Methodist Church from November through March. Volunteers from churches and organizations in the area serve as overnight hosts or help in the evenings. On an average night from five to eight families are provided lodging.

Macdonald Center A residence for low-income disabled adults, also provides outreach services to the very poor of downtown Portland. The parish supports the center in many ways from sponsoring spiritual retreats, providing home-baked goods, celebrating holidays and individual birthdays, collecting and distributing hats, gloves, scarves, books, toiletries, blankets and coats.

Social Service Outreach  St. Mary’s Cathedral has served the needy of our Northwest neighborhood. The Social Service Outreach office also works collaboratively and in support of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement Program, New Avenues for Youth, Cares NW, Lincoln Street School, St. Andre Bessette Church (Downtown Chapel), Lift Urban Portland Food Pantry, Blanchet House, as well as other agencies. Volunteers are invited to participate in ongoing programs or special events.

 

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