Compassionate Outreach

Bob Sperrazza
Pastoral Coordinator for Compassionate Outreach
Phone: 856-784-3878 ext: 27
Email: rsperrazza@churchofstandrews.org

View or Download Compassionate Outreach's 2015 Annual Report:      

  

 

Mission Statement:"Called by our Baptism, we the followers of Christ at St. Andrew's Parish, invite all to share their time, talent and treasure, as we seek justice and charity for those in need."

~ Compassionate Outreach Ministries ~

Christian Cupboard
Volunteers collect, sort and stock food donated by parishioners each week, as well as through periodic food drives.  From its on-site food pantry, the Cupboard conducts bi-weekly food distributions to pre-quualified and needy individuals and families in the Voorhees/Gibbsboro area.  On average, the Cupboard transacts 420 food orders each year. 

Clothing Distribution Ministry
Ministry volunteers collect and sort donated clothing, shoes and accessories for distribution to the needy and struggling in our parish and the surrounding community, as well as to Joseph's House and New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden.   

Holiday Baskets
Volunteers sort and pack holiday food baskets at Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter for distribution to families served by Christian Cupboard throughout the year; needy families identified by St. Bart's Church in Camden; and guests of New Visions Homeless Day Shelter in Camden.  Approximately 270 food baskets containing perishable and non-perishable items are distributed eah year.

Local Outreach
Through Helping Hands, parish volunteers assist the elderly, handicapped and needy by providing local transportation to church, medical appointments, errands, etc. In addition, this ministry organizes annual collections, including the Sneaker & Winter Coat drives, "Image and Attitude" professional clothing collection, Backpack and School Supply collection, Children's Easter Basket drive, Holiday Giving Tree program and a U.S. Armed Service Veterans collection.  Over 1,000 individuals are served by this ministry each year. 

Meal Ministry
Volunteers prepare and deliver home-made meals and casseroles to ill or homebound parishioners and families during difficult times, as well as to homeless guests at Joseph's House and New Visions Day Shelter in Camden. Over 800 individuals are served each year.  

New Visions Day Shelter
One Saturday each month, parish volunteers host and serve a hot lunch for an average of 100 men and women at this homeless shelter in Camden.  Volunteers donate home-made food, baked goods, soft pretzels, beverages, coffee, paper plates, utensils and other supplies needed for the ministry.  Over 1,000 meals are served by this program each year.  Additionally, parishioners donate coffee, tea, sugar, powdered creamer, soup & blankets to support safe overnight stays for 40 homeless men & women at Joseph's House Evening Cafe each month. 

Nursing Home Companion
Each week, volunteers visit one-on-one with over 40 residents at Voorhees Care and Rehabilitation, Kressonview Nursing Home and ManorCare Health Services, providing friendship and emotional support. Approximately 2,000 face-to-face, hand-to-hand visits are made each year.    

Prison Ministry
Volunteers conduct 2 classes and visit with interested female inmates at Camden County Jail each Thursday morning, sharing friendship, faith-based life skills, emotional support anad mentoring.  In order to reduce recidivism and promote successful independent living, ministry volunteers often provide support to offenders after release.  Inmate plans are individualized to meet unique needs and support self-sufficiency. 

Second Saturdays (sponsored by the Heart of Camden)
On the Second Saturday of each month, parish volunteers support the Heart of Camden, whose mission is to restore the dignity and quality of life of the Waterfront South neighborhood of Camden through programs of housing restoration, economic expansion, and human development.  Continuing a 10-year tradition, parish volunteers participate in various revitalization projects, performing interior painting, building demolition, debris removal, tree planting, etc. and helping to rebuild one of the poorest and most dangerous cities in the United States.  

Job Development Ministry
Volunteers work with job candidates who need assistance with cover letters & resume preparation, completion of job applications, interview training, networking and search strategies. 

Local Missions

Ministry volunteers provide home maintenance assistance to selected struggling parishioners or local families, as approved by the Compassionate Outreach board.  The program's scope of work includes yard and garden maintenance, carpentry, and small home repairs.  

Adopt-A-Family
This program pairs a St. Andrew parishioner, family or group with a less fortunate individual or family in South Jersey, providing assistance during the Christmas Holiday season.

 

 

 

Coming Events

New Visions  We continues to host lunch for approximately 100 homeless men and women at the New Visions Day Shelter in Camden on a regular basis.  Consider volunteering as a family! If you are interested in volunteering, contact Deacon Bill at BSlaven@ChurchofStAndrews.org   We meet at the church parking lot at 8:15 AM.

Second Saturdays  We continue to participate in Heart of Camden's urban revitalization projects in the Waterfront South neighborhood.  This is a rewarding service activity for families to work together. Be part of Camden's rebirth!  For more information, contact Ministry Leader Sam Parry at spcp1@comcast.net 

Christian Cupboard  Shopping carts for non-perishable food donations are located outside weekend Masses and at the Parish Center.  See the Compassionate Outreach page in our church bulletin for weekly needs. Volunteers sort donations and distribute food to needy families twice each month.  

Nursing Home Companions  Few outreach activities offer the type of regular, one-on-one personal contact as this ministry.  Volunteers meet with residents of area nursing homes on their own schedules for an hour or more each week, offering friendship, smiles and support.  Why not perform this rewarding work with a family member?  For more information, contact Ministry Leader Chris Parry at spcp1@comcast.net. 

Meal Ministry  If you like to cook and have a loving heart, there's a role for you right in your home kitchen!  Each month volunteers prepare casseroles for Joseph's House Homeless Shelter in Camden, as well as for ill or housebound parishioners going through tough times.  If you'd like perform greatly needed Christian service right at home, this ministry could be for you.  For more info, contact Ministry Leader Kathy Caruso at KCaruso542@comcast.net 

Prison Ministry  It takes a special person to spend one morning each week at the Camden County Jail helping female offenders follow a new path.  Each Thursday a small group of female parishioners mentor and teach inmates before release, after release and through transition.  If you think you might be that special person and would like more information, contact Ministry Leader Chris Parry at spcp1@comcast.net  

 Clothing Distribution Ministry  Volunteers collect, sort and distribute donated clothing for the needy and struggling in our parish and the surrounding community.  If you'd like to help, please contact Ministry Leader Donna Hoel at DonnaHoel@comcast.net

Local Outreach  Throughout the year, Compassionate Outreach sponsors annual drives such as The Giving Tree, Adopt-A-Family, Winter Coat and Sneaker Collections, "Image and Attitude" Professional Clothing drive, Youth Backpack and School Supply Drive, Armed Services/Veterans Administration drive, etc.  St. Andrews has a tradition of remembering and helping the less fortunate in our community.  If you'd like to learn more about how you and your family might help once, twice or several times over the year, please contact Bob SPerrazza at 856-784-3878 Extension 27.   

Volunteers Needed     Parish Nurse Program   In collaboration with Vitality Catholic Healthcare Services, a program of the Diocese of Camden, St. Andrews will be launching a permanent parish ministry to screen, educate, and coordinate care needs for parishioners, especially Senior members of our community. Registered nurses in the parish are  invited to learn more about volunteer roles, including that of Ministry Leader.  Your skills and compassion are essential to the success of this ministry. To learn more, please contact Bob Sperrazza at 856-784-3878 Extension 27 or email: RSperrazza@ChurchOfSaintAndrews .org.    

Help With Job Search Ministry  We are still looking for a skilled and caring leader for this ministry.  If you'd like to assist job-seekers with resume writing, job interview skills, networking and search strategies, please contact Compassionate Outreach at 856-784-3878 Ext, 27.  

Thank You!