Samaritan Ministry Hospitality Is Open Monday Mornings
One of the goals of St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry is to provide genuine hospitality to all guests, parish members and neighbors. Cowley Hall is now open on Mondays beginning at 7:30 am (right after the 7:00 am Mass) for hospitality: refreshments, conversation, connections to community resources, and reception for Samaritan Ministry. Stop by for a time to welcome neighbors and begin the day. We hope to “expand this expansion” and be open more days and hours in the future. To learn about opportunities to be part of this ministry, contact Michael Griffin, Coordinator of Social Ministry, 612-332-7471 ext. 246, mgriffin@SaintOlaf.org, or Joan Miltenberger, Director of Charity & Justice at 612-767-6211, jmiltenberger@SaintOlaf.org.
Consider Sharing Your Gifts: Volunteer with Samaritan Ministry
You can make a difference working with people who are seeking a listening presence and practical help. Services: Meet and listen to guests. Assist guests with food, clothing, household items, and transportation assistance. Make referrals as needed. Especially needed Tuesdays. Sorters: Sort and organize clothing and household donations which are received on a daily basis. Properly display items. Needed Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Advocate: Offer listening support, problem solve, make referrals when appropriate. Determine financial assistance based on funding availability and established guidelines. Especially needed Tuesdays. Volunteer hours: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays 9:00 am – 12:00 noon or 9:00 am – 2:00 pm. All direct service volunteers require a background check, interview, orientation and ongoing training. Join a wonderful community of people of joy and service! Please call Joan Miltenberger, Director of Charity & Justice Ministry, 612-767-6211, or email her at jmiltenberger@SaintOlaf.org.
“The poor have much to teach us. We can start by learning their names.”
St. Olaf Samaritan Ministry (formerly St. Olaf Social Outreach Program) continues a 43+ year tradition of serving those who come to our parish door in time of need. Samaritan Ministry provides a safe and comfortable place of hospitality, hope and service. We meet with each guest and listen to their story, discern their needs and support their goals.
We Offer: clean, gently used clothing primarily for men and women; household goods, food pantry items; limited transportation assistance for medical appointments and jobs; and support of goals, problem-solving and advocacy.
MINISTRY HOURS FOR OUR GUESTS
Monday through Wednesday
9:30 am – 12:00 pm: walk ins and appointments
1:00 – 2:00 pm: appointments only
Appointments are preferred. To make an appointment, call 612-332-7471.
VOLUNTEERS ARE KEY TO THIS MINISTRY!
Volunteers receive the presence of another person seeking hope and help.
Volunteers experience the presence of Christ in humble service.
Volunteers receive and participate in communal prayer, ongoing training and support.
Volunteers give of themselves, their time, their humor, and their skills.
Hospitality: Greet guests; prepare snacks and beverages; provide clerical support and filing.
Guest Services: Assist guests with food, clothing, household items and transportation assistance.
Sorter: Sort, organize and display clothes, household donations and food.
Advocate: Meet one-on-one to problem-solve; make referrals; determine financial assistance.
Special one-time projects throughout year.
All volunteers working one-on-one with guests require a background check, interview, orientation and ongoing training.
Volunteer hours are one day per week on Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday, from 9:00 – 11:30 pm or 9:00 – 2:00 pm with a lunch break. Interested? Curious? Ready to give and receive? Contact Joan Miltenberger, Director of Charity and Justice Ministry, at 612-767-6211 or jmiltenberger@SaintOlaf.org.
DONATIONS NEEDED Food: high protein items; canned meat or tuna; peanut butter; beans; canned fruits and vegetables; hearty soups, chili, stew; snack items such as granola bars, raisins, nuts; individual gelatin or fruit cups
Clothing: women and men’s in-season clothing, especially large sizes; shoes, boots and good walking shoes; new underwear for women, men and children; socks; gently-used bras
Household Items: bed sheets (all sizes); towels; cookware, especially pots and pans; cooking utensils; small appliances like toasters, coffee pots, crock pots
Deliver your donations to the parish office Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 4:00 pm. During weekend Masses you can give your items to an usher or place them in the blue bins in the back of church.
We hold a “Food and Cash for the Poor” collection the first weekend of the month, or contact us directly about your donation: Joan Miltenberger at 612-767-6211.