Homeless Feeding Ministry
Christ Church serves two meals and provides food for a third meal each month at St. Vincent de Paul. In 2018, we fed 3,237 people, a 14.6% increase from 2017!
St. Vincent de Paul operates two 24-hour emergency homeless shelters in Dayton, Gettysburg Gateway Shelter for Men, and St. Vincent Shelter for Women, Families, and Couples. Both shelters provide three meals daily, primarily served by volunteers. On any given night, there are nearly 400 men, women, couples and families in the shelters – 20% of whom are children under the age of 17.
Each month volunteers serve a lunch at the Gateway Men’s Shelter, a dinner at the St. Vincent Shelter for families, and provides the food for a meal at the St. Vincent Shelter for women and couples. We serve a hearty meal of fried chicken, baked beans, potato salad, fresh rolls and dessert. Donations to the Hunger Fund are always welcomed and appreciated! Our 2019 projected expenses for this feeding ministry total to $17,711.
New servers are always welcome – we don’t schedule, just come as you are able! Meals take about two hours to fix and serve.
Gateway: Third Saturday of each month. The men eat at noon – show time for volunteers is 11:00 a.m. We should be done serving and finished cleaning-up by 1:00 p.m. The Gateway Shelter is located at 1921 S Gettysburg Ave — Take US 35 West to Gettysburg Ave. Proceed South on Gettysburg Ave and turn right on Broadcast Plaza. Proceed until you see the sign for the Gateway Shelter and turn right. Park in the lot and go through the aluminum door and tell the attendant that you are here to serve lunch.
St Vincent: Third Thursday of each month.. The families eat at 6:15 p.m. – show time for volunteers is 5:30 p.m. We should be done serving and finished cleaning-up by 7:15 p.m. The St Vincent Shelter is at 120 West Apple St – go West on Apple approximately 1/2 block and turn left through the gate for St Vincent. Parking is on the left and right. Go to the garage door and man/woman door on the left side of the building. There is a call box beside the door that you can use to announce your arrival. Someone will come and let you in. The kitchen is upstairs on the second floor — take the ramp and bear to your left at the top of the ramp. The kitchen is through the double doors.
For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you gave me clothing” – Matthew 25:35-36