On Saturday December 4, St. Mary Student Parish will gather as one in prayer before being sent out to serve the poor and vulnerable in our community.
Following in the footsteps of our patron Mary, SMSP celebrates our Feast Day of Service by saying yes to God’s call to live out a faith that does justice so that God and the kingdom may again become incarnate, breaking forth into the life of our community with power.
Mass: 10:30 AM
Lunch: A light lunch will be provided at St. Mary.
Volunteer Service: Noon – 4:00 PM
2021 SERVICE SITES
Mercy House Catholic Worker AND Purple House/ Weather Amnesty
805 W. Huron St., Ann Arbor, MI 48104
M.I.S.S.I.O.N. A2 is a not for profit partnership between homeless and “homeful” Washtenaw County residents collaborating to support self governing tent communities in Michigan during the ongoing housing and employment crises. We work to provide a voice to the homeless, and to make tent communities safer and better connected to services so that their citizens can more quickly make their way into more permanent housing, if that is what they want for themselves.
Number of volunteers needed: 8-10
Habitat for Humanity ReStore of Huron Valley
6241 Jackson Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103
The Habitat for Humanity ReStore program is a one-stop-shop for furniture and housing materials, that is open to the public 7 days a week for donations and purchases at 50-75% off of commercial value. All net proceeds benefit the local Habitat for Humanity home building efforts!
Number of volunteers needed: 20-25 (16 years of age or older)
Description of the volunteer work: Possible jobs that volunteers might be doing to help ReStore include: straightening and moving windows & doors, straightening and moving sinks & toilets, organizing and replenishing cabinetry, loading, unloading, and organizing furniture, large appliances, and other merchandise, assisting our drivers on the donation truck with loading and unloading, clearing the loading and unloading docks, and more!
Ann Arbor Park Preservation
Environmental restoration project.
St. Luke N.E.W. Life Center – Flint
3115 Lawndale Ave., Flint, MI 48504
The N.E.W. Life Center is a faith based environment providing life skills, education, workplace training, empowering women to become self sufficient. The N.E.W. Life Center is based on a three-year Program of Life Change for women in Flint.
Number of volunteers needed 15 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work Volunteers will help get items ready for their Christmas distribution.
Shelter of Flint
924 Cedar St., Flint, MI 48503
Shelter of Flint owns and manages hundreds of properties in Flint, Michigan and offers a full range of programs that support families in need of emergency, transitional and permanent supportive housing as well as first time buyer assistance and senior affordable housing. The agency’s philosophy involves supporting families well beyond the emergency shelter. The agency works to identify underlying problems causing homelessness and provides programs and services proven to address family challenges. Shelter of Flint serves approximately 1,300 homeless adults and children each year in its various programs.
Number of volunteers 10-15 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work The work would involve indoor cleaning, painting, general refurbishing and the moving of furniture at one of the many properties the Shelter of Flint manages in the city of Flint. This work will help prepare the property so new residents can move in.
Refugee Welcome Baskets (at St. Mary)
The Resettlement Program at Jewish Family Services assists refugees and their families with critical social services needed to ease their transition into a new way of living.
Number of volunteers needed: 15-25 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work: Volunteers will sort and put together household goods and cleaning supplies into welcome baskets for refugee families and learn about refugee assistance in the Ann Arbor area.
Christmas Cards for Veterans (at St. Mary)
The Sending Smiles to Vets program was launched in 2015 and students across southeast Michigan have pitched in to make thousands of cards thanking veterans for their service.
Number of volunteers needed: 20-25 (children welcome with parent)
Description of the volunteer work: Volunteers will make handmade Christmas cards to bring love and joy for veterans at the VA hospital.