Parish Social Ministry/Outreach

PARISH SOCIAL MINISTRY – OUTREACH

United in prayer and action, may we become a visible sign of God’s love.

Posted 27 July 2020

Parish Outreach Hours

Currently, our office is open:

 Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

and Tuesday evenings 6:00 – 7:00 pm

Should you have questions or would like to volunteer, please call us at 631.567.1995 during those times.  If you cannot get through, please leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please note that our email has changed to sjnpsm@gmail.com

The Food Pantry

The Bob Walther Food Pantry of St. John Nepomucene PSM/Outreach remains open to any family needing food who resides in Bohemia, Oakdale or West Sayville, without  regard to religious affiliation.  Currently, the Food Pantry is open:

 Tuesday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm and  6:00 – 7:00 pm

Wednesday, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Thursday, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.

  • Numbers Fed Last Month
  • Last month, we provided food for 229 families totaling 529 individuals.  This is nearly 150% higher than the numbers we would be feeding at this time of the year.  Last week we fed 55 families in total.  We can only do this because of your continued generosity and kindness.
  • Food Pantry Needs (in order of greatest need):
  • NON-PERISHABLE FOODS and SUPPLIES

(Please leave on the carts in the lobby of the church, 9am – 9pm daily,

or bring to Outreach Tue-Wed-Thurs 10 am – 3 pm)  

**Canned mixed vegetables

**Canned CRUSHED Tomatoes

**Tea bags

**Pasta sauce

Juice boxes or pouches

Canned fruit

Pasta (NOT spaghetti)

Baking mixes

Rice (1-1b packages)

Canned potatoes

Canned peas and carrots

Jello or pudding boxes

PERISHABLE FOODS

(Please drop off at Outreach T-W-Th 10 am – 3 pm)

 Ground beef, in 1-lb. packages

 Ground turkey, in 1-lb packages

Pre-made burgers (beef, turkey or veggie)

Eggs

Fresh veggies, such as carrots, onions, celery, potatoes etc.

  • OTHER
  • Gift cards to local grocery stores in $10 amounts

This will allow families to purchase the eggs, butter, extra milk and fresh produce.

  • Gift certificates to Pizza Network (they will match).
  • Curbside Pick-Up OR Delivery

We are providing contactless, curbside pick-up whenever the Pantry is open, and delivery on Thursday mornings for families without transportation, those who are over 65 or anyone with an underlying medical condition.  We need to hear from families by Wednesdays at 3:00 pm if they wish delivery.  We could not continue this work without the amazing numbers of parishioners who have stepped up to volunteer.

US Census Information

The 2020 Census is still ongoing. If you have not already done so, you can complete your questionnaire online at www.2020census.gov or by phone. Customer service representatives are available every day from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. Eastern Time on the following phone lines: English: 844-330-2020, Spanish: 844-468-2020.

Starting August 11, census takers will begin going out into the community to interview households that have yet to respond to the 2020 Census.

If someone visits your home to collect information for the 2020 Census, check to make sure they have a valid ID badge with their photograph, a U.S. Department of Commerce watermark, and an expiration date. Census takers will follow local public health guidelines when they visit.

Donations Received

  • In CELEBRATION Donations for:
  • Muriel Cunningham for her birthday
  • Sister Lisa Bergeron for her birthday (July 17th)
  • Gianna Manzo for her birthday

Let us keep each one gratefully in our prayer.

      • IN MEMORIAM donations for:
      • Sal Ascaldi
      • Edward Bergeron
      • Christina Ciaramella
      • Ardell Gallagher
      • Edwin J. Howard
      • Katelyn Lowery
      • Patty Maertz
      • Carlo Micolo
      • John R. Monahan
      • Frank & Patsy O’Connor
      • Jack O’Loughlin
      • Marie Richardson
      • Robert Rosa
      • Kathleen Schriefer
      • Joan Sutter
      • Bob Walther

We ask that you keep them and their families in your prayer.

Constant Thanks

From Us to You

Each week, my daily prayers are FILLED with abundant gratitude for ALL that our you, volunteers andparishioners, are doing to support this ministry; your contributions of time, presence, funds, gift cards, baked goods, homemade soups, fresh produce and non-perishable items for the pantry allow us to serve so many in need.  We could not continue this essential work without every bit of your support.  Truly, your contributions are an expression of God’s merciful presence, and a sign of your own good, compassionate hearts.  Thank you for enabling us to serve so many so faithfully and so generously.

From Us to Our Corporate Sponsors

We are also grateful to members of the wider community, especially our corporate sponsors,  for the ways you empower us to serve those in greatest need among us, including:

Boy Scout Troop 76

Butera’s Restaurant

Connetquot Library

Connetquot Teachers Association

Connetquot Cares

Kings Food Service

Johnny Rocket Restaurant

Knights of Columbus, Sunrise Council

MJ’s Deli

Modern Italian Bakery

Panetta Physical Therapy

Pizza Network

Selden Hills Warriors (an area running group)

Sprint, and

The Transport Workers Union Local 252

From our Families to All of You

I cannot begin to convey the hope and relief that your donations provide to those we serve.  Our families are so very grateful; daily I receive thanks on your behalf, in words, in cards, notes and phone calls.  Here is an excerpt from a note I received recently —

I want to thank you for everything you and your staff have been doing for me to help me in this difficult time.  It is much appreciated!  Please keep me, and people like me, in your prayers, asking that circumstances stay “manageable” as we try to get through this crisis.  Somehow, some way, we will find our way to a “new normal,” but I hope that we all survive.  Know how much I appreciate all that you are doing for all of us!

Please stay safe and well!

            FRB

Back to School Program

Because of the COVID-19 crisis, it is unclear whether students in our area will be attending classes in their schools come the fall. Nevertheless, their education will continue, and they WILL need supplies and clothes. Therefore, PSM/Outreach will be collecting for Back-to-School from now until August 17th.

To reduce any risk of spreading infection, we are moving to a “mostly gift card” program this year. Thus we can accept only the following items:

  • Backpacks (we need about 65)
  • Gift cards to: Target, Walmart, Dollar Tree, Staples, Kohls, Old Navy
  • Money donations (to purchase backpacks and gift cards needed)

Please drop off your donations at the Outreach office on Tues, Wed, Thurs from 10 am – 3 pm. If you want to make a money donation, please feel free to put in an envelope marked “PSM – Back to School” and add to the collection basket.  As always, we thank you for your support of this essential program.

Witness Housing Envelopes

We have received many calls from Witness Housing donors, indicating that you have run out of envelopes with which to make monthly donations.  The WH Board had planned to meet in late March to prepare the annual packets, but such meeting was cancelled due to COVID-19 and the Bishop’s directive to cease all meetings until further notice.  We have rescheduled this gathering and should have the envelope packets to you by mid-August, if not sooner.  If you want to make your July donation before then, simply send it to us at the Outreach office, with the envelope/check clearly marked as a donation for Witness Housing (“WH”).  Make sure your NAME is included, and your WH#, if you have it.  Thank you for your understanding and your patience.

Suffolk Cares

Last month, Suffolk County launched a new program to help address the urgent food needs of homebound/non-mobile persons, that is those who are without ANY access to transportation.  All you do is:

  • Call 311, if you are in need of food and without any access to transportation;
    • Monday – Friday
    • 9:00 am – 4:30 pm
  • Be prepared to answer a few questions as part of 311’s assessment.
  • Be ready, when approved, to receive a box of non-perishable food with 24-30 hours of your request.
  • Be assured that food will be delivered to your residence without contact.
  • Remain confident that your information will remain confidential.

Mental Health Services

During this difficult time, there may be added stresses on one’s mental health that may require professional intervention.  So I offer the following resources available in Suffolk County.  All inquiries are kept confidential, and many are now offered without requiring in-person visits.

   First, see the website of Suffolk County:

Open 9 AM to 5 PM Monday through Friday : (631) 853-8500

  • Family Service League – DASH hotline: 631) 952-3333
  • For Information and services regarding Developmental Disabilities and Mental Retardation: 631) 434-6100

Should you have any further questions or would like to volunteer, please call Outreach at 631.567.1995 during those times.  If you cannot get through, please leave a message we will get back to you as soon as possible.  (If you contact Outreach through the email, we may not get back to you for some time since most days, there is not even time to check the email).  Thank you and stay healthy and safe!

St. John Nepomucene Church
1140 Locust Avenue
Bohemia, NY 11716