While Writing Tonights Shelter Spotlight One Word Came To Mind; The Word Dignity. Everyone Says Dignity Is Something We Should Live With And Die With, It’s An Element Of Humanity And An Element Of Peace. Keeping Dignity In Mind, We Set Our Focus On St. Vincent de Paul Village And Their Efforts To Erase Homelessness In The San Diego Area. The St. Vincent de Paul Village Is Located At 3350 E Street, San Diego, CA 92102.

“Every family and individual in need deserves to be treated with dignity. From a family struggling to make ends meet to a veteran who feels alone, or a battered woman fleeing domestic violence, we provide the personal support and essential care each person deserves. Our mission is to do more than alleviate someone’s problems – we want them to build the skills and self-confidence that leads to success. St. Vincent de Paul Village helps people replace a sense of despair with a sense of dignity and hope”. – From http://www.svdpv.org


How Ya’ll Doing On This Wonderful Monday? I’m Personally Feelin’ Pretty Good About Tonight’s Shelter Spotlight, And I’m Sure You’d Love To Know Why? Well What’s The Craziest Idea You’ve Ever Had? Cliff Diving? Bungee Jumping? Maybe Spearheading Soup Kitchen Operations For Your Local Church Since The 1970’s?  And That’s Exactly What Father Francis Schweitzer Did. Today Holy Family Church’s Soup Kitchen Stands As One Of The Best Soup Kitchens Serving The Less Fortunate Residents Of Columbus, Ohio. The Holy Family Church Is Located At 584 West Broad Street – Columbus, OH 43215. The Office Can Be Reached By Phone At (614) 221-4323.

Holy Family was established in 1877 just west of downtown Columbus, Ohio in the historic area known as Franklinton. Holy Family is home to many good people and quite a number of ministries, including a soup kitchen and the Jubilee Museum. Our parish membership is just over 500 families. In addition to our English liturgies, we are the indult parish for the Latin Tridentine Mass which is celebrated weekly at 9:00 a.m. on Sundays and on the First Saturday of each month at 9:00 a.m. and Holy Days. Holy Family operates a soup kitchen and food pantry where we serve over 700 hot meals each day, Monday through Friday and provides groceries weekly to over 250 families. The Jubilee Museum, founded in 1998, houses treasures of our Catholic Heritage. Its extensive inventory fills the entire former high school of the parish, and has been visited by Cardinal Marchisano, Cardinal Arinze, Father Benedict Groeschel and thousands of tourists. Holy Family Parish has survived major floods (1913 and 1957), a fire in the mid-1950’s, and the incursion of three freeways. We remain a vibrant parish with a variety of activities and organizations to meet the needs and interests of all ages“. – From Their Website – http://www.holyfamilycolumbus.org

Howdy There Folks, It’s Jan. 6th And Today’s Featured Shelter Is The Hoboken Shelter, Located In The Heart Of Hoboken, NJ. Being A Former Resident Of Hoboken Myself, I Understand How Diverse This Community Really Is. I’ve Chosen To Feature The Hoboken Shelter Because Of There Hard Work And Dedication. The Shelter Is Located At 300 Bloomfield Street, Hoboken, NJ 07030. They Can Be Reached At (201) 656-5069.

“In 1982, fires became front-page news in Hoboken.  In response to this displacement of our neighbors, several faith-based leaders banded together to form the Hoboken Clergy Coalition.  Its main agenda was to address the issues of these fires, meet the immediate needs of the victims of this tragic time, and consider affordable housing opportunities in our community.  With the hard work and dedication of the members of the Hoboken Clergy Coalition, it founded The Hoboken Shelter.  We are most grateful to Sister Norberta for her involvement with the Hoboken Clergy Coalition.  When the shelter opened in 1982, she joined the other Clergy in volunteering her time.  Over the years, she has assumed a variety of roles, from a volunteer to the Executive Director.  In 2005, Sister Norberta retired from her position of Executive Director to the role of Clinical Case Manager.  Today, she continues to work with the guests of the shelter and leads our social service delivery programs.  We thank Sister Norberta for her unending enthusiasm, dedication, motivation, and leadership.  We are truly grateful to the support of our community to help us further our mission is to provide a safe haven for adult homeless men and women.  With the help of 2,000 – 3,000 volunteers annually, we shelter 50 people nightly, serve 200 meals daily, and provide such support services as food, shelter, case management, counseling, job and life skills training, creative arts workshops, and emergency homelessness prevention grants.  These services help our homeless guests develop the skills needed to gain employment, achieve independence, and re-integrate into the community”. – From The Hoboken Shelter’s Website: http://www.hobokenshelter.org

Hey There Folks, It’s Hatter Here Again With Your Daily Dose Of Giving A Little Something Back, Where It’s Most Needed. Today’s Spotlight Is Going To Focus On A Place Called Open Door Community. Open Door Community is another Multi-Tiered Organization, That Feeds The Hungry, Provides Worship, Shelter & Showers To The Less Fortunate And Offers Several Residential Options For Its Members. They Are Hands-On, Hope-Filled And Heart-Driven. Located In Atlanta,GA & Operated By The Resident Followers, Open Door Community Is Bringing Together People In An Effort To Share Thanksgiving & The Catholic Way Of Living Ones Life. The Efforts Of Open Door Community Are Very Well Respected, And We At Hatter & Beanz Want To Send Our Thanks For The Continued Work Of Open Door Community.

“In our life and work together, we strive to encounter and challenge the barriers of sexism, racism and classism that are within our own hearts and in our social structures. Because our community includes African Americans, European Americans, Latinos, women and men, rich and poor, we deal with these issues on a daily basis. Living at the Open Door, therefore, requires a willingness to work for change in our social structures and in ourselves”. – From Open Door Community’s Website – http://www.opendoorcommunity.org