Last Saturday, a group of folks from St. Joseph's and I went and volunteered at the Star of Hope mission. This is the fifth total time that a group from our parish has volunteered at the mission (to read my reflection on an earlier visit, click here). Every time we go, we end up being more blessed than the folks that we are trying to help. Here are a few photos of our time there.
The sandwiches were stacked by the serving line with care...
Mike, Mike and Danielle are ready and eager to serve...
Ghada and Mairi put the finishing touch on each plate...a bag of chips!
Sylvia and Kim had watermelon duty. Who needs a knife when you can split them with your bare hands?
Mary Ann and Margaret are happy to have dish duty!
Just before our group was to leave, one of the workers at the mission told us, "You are the ONLY group that actually helps us clean up after lunch is over! Every other volunteer group just comes, serves lunch, and leaves! We really appreciate you cleaning up!" We told them it was our pleasure...part of the job, the way we see it.
We really have enjoyed being a part of this outreach to Houston's homeless population. I think beginning this fall we will go more often.
Elder Paisios the Athonite on Christmas
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