Compassionate Outreach

Bob Sperrazza
Pastoral Coordinator for Compassionate Outreach
Phone: 856-784-3878 ext: 27
Email: rsperrazza@churchofstandrews.org

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Mission Statement: "Called by our Baptism, we the followers of Christ at St. Andrew's Parish, invite all to share their time, talent and treasure, as we seek justice and charity for those in need."

 

~  Scroll Down For An Introduction To The Compassionate Outreach Ministries  ~

Christian Cupboard
Volunteers for our on-site food pantry collect, sort, stock and distribute non-perishable groceries donated by generous parishioners throughout the year.  Bi-weekly distributions are made to approximately three dozen struggling households in our parish and nearby community.  The Ministry also conducts Holiday Food Basket drives benefitting an additional 270 individuals or households at Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter.  As needed, Christian Cupboard provides food to men, women, and children in crisis who are being served by our Local Outreach programs, including the unemployed, stretched single mothers and families, struggling seniors, and others.  Ministry Leader Maria Williams may be contacted at 609-440-1074 or williamsmcw@verizon.net  

Nursing Home Companions
Ministry participants make weekly visits to male and female residents at several nearby nursing homes, on individualized schedules, each week throughout the year. Wherever possible, volunteers are matched with residents based on interests and personalities. These thousands of face-to-face visits bring much-needed friendship and support to residents, who eagerly await their St. Andrews friends. Ministry Leader Chris Parry may be contacted at 856-906-5127 or spcp1@comcast.net      Ministry volunteers collect and sort donated clothing, shoes and accessories for distribution to the needy and struggling in our parish and the surrounding community, as well as to Joseph's House and New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden.   

Clothing Distribution Ministry
Throughout the year volunteers collect, sort, and distribute clothing, footwear, and accesssories donated through our on-site clothing bin.  Items are distributed to struggling individuals and children in our parish and local community; to homeless guests at Joseph's House of Camden shelter; to at-risk infants and children served by Guadalupe Family Services in Camden; and to impoverished adults and children in nearby Lindenwold Section 8 housing, and elsewhere.  Remaining clothing is donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America, Goodwill Industries, the American Red Cross and through outreach programs at nearby churches.  Ministry Leader Chris Parry may be contacted at 856-906-5127 or spcp1@comcast.net           

Local Outreach Ministry
This ministry helps parishioners and nearby community residents in times of emergencies and temporary crises.  Among those assisted are the unemployed, transitionally homeless, single mothers, financially disenfranchised seniors, struggling veterans, and people with serious illnesses and disabilities.     Assistance can range from securing and delivering food, clothing, furniture or household items for the needy; providing rides to important appointments during temporary crises; and making referrals to county or outside programs offering subsidized housing, women's services, veterans services, and much more.  The Ministry also serves thousands of men, women and children through its Christmas Giving Tree project, annual School Success DriveWinter Coat Drive, Children's Easter Basket Drive, etc.  Ministry Leader Bob Sperrazza may be contacted at 856-784-3878 Extension 27 or rsperrazza@churchofstandrews.org 

Prison Ministry
State-approved volunteers provide faith-based mentoring, life-skills training, and emotional support to female inmates at Camden County Jail each Thursday morning throughout the year.  In addition to conducting these weekly classes, volunteers also provide released offenders with mentoring, furniture, food, resume-writing and job search assistance, perosnal items, and wardrobes for both parolees and their children. Volunteers maintain years-long personal relationships with program participants to stem repeat offenses and recidivism.  Ministry Leader Chris Parry may be contacted at 856-906-5127 or spcp1@comcast.net   

Veterans Outreach Ministry
Parishioners who enjoy expressing their gratitude to service men and women who served and fought for our freedom visit older and disabled veterans at the Philadelphia Veterans Administration community living center and New Jersey Veterans Memorial Nursing Home in Vineland.  Volunteers shake hands, convey their gratitude, listen to vets' unforgettable stories about their service experience, and bring gifts (like socks, underwear, Philadelphia sports apparel, and vouchers for the on-site commissary) from St. Andrew's Christmas Giving Tree.  Several hundred veterans are visited each year at these two locations.  Ministry Leader Bob Sperrazza may be contacted at 856-784-3878 Extension 27 or rsperrazza@churchofstandrews.org 

Meal Ministry
Our volunteer chefs prepare and deliver meals, on occasion, to selected individuals and families in the parish and nearby community during times of severe illness or personal crises.  Situations have included preparing meals for the husband and three children of a terminally-ill parishioner; cooking for a failing single and shut-in cancer patient with no family; cooking for and assisting the new-born infant of a young stroke victim who was afflicted days after delivery; etc.  The need is intermittent, but critically important to individuals in crisis.  Ministry Leader Kathy Caruso may be contacted at 856-261-6843 or kcaruso542@comcast.net       

Joseph's House of Camden Ministry
Each month, loving home chefs prepare large casseroles for delivery by other volunteers to Joseph's House of Camden homeless shelter.  Some cook every month, others once or twice a year, but St. Andrews' parishioners provide hot meals for about two thousand homeless men and women every year.  Additionally, this Ministry collects and delivers carloads of underwear, socks, footwear, blankets, winter hats, scarves, totes and roller bags, sugar, laundry pods. etc., to JHOC year-round.  Volunteers find in this ministry not only a way to help their neighbors in one of the poorest and most crime-afflicted cities in America, but a humbling and rewarding way to affirm their Christian faith.  Ministry Leader Donna Hoel may be contacted at 856-309-5168 or donnahoel@comcast.net     

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendars!

 

Local Outreach Winter Coat Drive

Men's, women's and children's winter coats will be collected for distribution to struggling individuals and families in the parish and surrounding community.  Collection boxes will be located at the Church and parish Hall on October 13, 14 (Sat. and Sun.) and October 20, 21 (Sat. and Sun.)

Christian Cupboard   

Friday, Sept. 14: Food Distribution at Parish Hall, 9:30 AM;  Friday, Oct. 12: Food Distribution at Parish Hall, 9:30 AM; Nov. 3 & 4 (Sat. and Sun.) Food Collection Bags Distributed after all masses; Nov. 10 & 11 (Sat. and Sun.) Food Collection and Sorting; Nov. 14 (Wed.) Produce delivery and pack Thanksgiving Food Baskets; Nov. 16 (Fri.) Distribute Thanksgiving Baskets; Dec. 7 (Fri.) Voorhees Middle School Food Drive pick up, sort, and set up tables for Christmas Food Distribution; Dec. 12 (Wed.) Produce Delivery and Pack Christmas Food Baskets; Dec. 12/Dec. 14 Distribute Christmas Food Baskets.   

2018 Christmas Giving Tree: Nov. 24 through Dec. 16

Remember needy families, children, seniors, veterans, and the homeless this Christmas.  Select one or more ornaments from our Giving Trees located at Church and at the Parish Center.  Return items or gift cards below the trees no later than December 16.