Box City at St Francis
Our Youth Ministry held a Box City overnight event at St. Francis in early June. Participants were able to experience first hand some of what it feels like to be homeless. It was a sweltering night and clearly uncomfortable, yet our youngsters toughed it out, participating in group activities, prayer and then ending their evening sleeping in a box they decorated themselves.
– From Jimmy R.
“By sleeping overnight in a box I assembled, I gained an appreciation for the daily struggles of homeless people. I was able to experience first-hand how small items and comforts, like a pillow or dry socks, can increase the quality of life for those without a roof over their heads.
– From Valerie G.
Box City is a great way to build a sense of community while also creating an environment of solidarity in which teens can experience what it would be like to be homeless. This experience is a great way to bond with people around my age while also seeing just a fraction of what it is like to be homeless. Overall, this experience has made me even more grateful to live the life that I have the privilege to live every day.
St Vincent de Paul is a Catholic lay organization that leads people to join together and grow spiritually by offering person-to-person service to the needy and suffering.
With words of wisdom and compassion, The Pastor’s Desk archives the many Messages of the month of September 2021 starting with the most recent by our very own Fr. Peter.