Pope Francis once told us, “Advent invites us to a commitment to vigilance, looking beyond ourselves, expanding our mind and heart in order to open ourselves up to the needs of people, of our brothers and sisters.” The past couple of years have shown us how resilient we are as a community when we support each other.
Together with your support, we have been able to help community members like Roger. Roger was homeless for several years. With open hearts, our warming center staff supported him, assisted him in finding meaningful employment, and gave him hope. Today Roger has his own home and a job he loves.
Roger is one who with hope has seen great success; however, there are still many other community members that we can help. Community members like Mary. Mary has tried on her own to improve her financial situation. For several years she lived on the edge of homelessness, just making ends meet. Her goal is to work her way out of debt. Mary works with our St. Lawrence Community Services to build a better future. She has set a goal to become debt-free by 2024. We can continue working with Mary and others looking for someone to share their journey with your support.
We have done so much this year, but there is so much more we can still do together. Join us as we continue to welcome the refugee, build families through adoption, offer assistance to families with disabilities, support women and men facing an unexpected pregnancy, or share a meal and lodging with those who are homeless.
By expanding your mind and heart to help your brothers and sisters, together we are changing lives. We invite you this Advent season to continue to look beyond yourself, celebrate the indescribable gift of Jesus Christ, and ask that you extend faith and charity in this world!