December 2019 Newsletter

Our co-founder, Chris Delany, regularly volunteers in the Dining Room that she co-founded in 1983.

This month’s appeal is written by a special guest: Loaves & Fishes co-founder Chris Delany. A former nun who left the order and became a part of the Catholic Worker Movement, Chris dedicated her life to helping those in the greatest of need. I am inspired by her commitment to help others, and the miracle that she and her late husband, Dan, began some 36 years ago. Loaves & Fishes has always been a nonsectarian religious organization, a community of welcome, hospitality, safety, and cleanliness built by all faiths. With the holidays now upon us, we are reminded that all faiths teach goodwill towards others and the importance of helping our homeless brothers and sisters.
– Noel Kammermann, Executive Director

Dear Friend,

The season of Christmas during which Christians celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, is upon us once again! Mary and Joseph traveled to the town of Bethlehem, but because “there was no room for them at the Inn,” they were forced to take refuge in a stable, a dwelling place for animals. It was here that Jesus, our Savior, was born and that after his birth, “He was wrapped in swaddling clothes and laid in a “manger”, a feeding trough for animals.

His birth was announced to shepherds in the field by angels who hurried to find and worship the newborn baby, our Savior, the Messiah! We also know that royalty, three Kings, traveled many miles to worship the newborn King and present him with costly gifts of “gold, frankincense, and myrrh.”

We don’t know how long the Holy Family resided in that stable, or what their needs were, but I like to believe that neighbors graciously cared for their needs with food and other necessities while they were homeless.

Our holiday events, special meals, and celebrations for our guests express our community’s sharing spirit.

When we arrive at Loaves & Fishes each day to minister to the needs of our homeless brothers and sisters, our guests – the elderly, mothers and fathers, children, and infants – are camping on the streets in tents or makeshift shelters, victims of the weather. They have no access to toilets or other amenities. We are grateful to know that they are able to come to Loaves & Fishes daily for their nourishment, use of restrooms and showers, healthcare (physical and mental), schooling, clothing, laundry, housing, jail visitation - even a library!

We are also grateful for you, Sister and Brothers, our faithful donors and volunteers, because without your consistent caring and generosity, they would not survive.

You are their lifeline!

Make a donation today to help men, women, and children experiencing homelessness in our community receive nutritious food, clean clothes, warm showers, and essential care.

Since 1983, we have been able to serve our homeless sisters and brothers 7,000,000 meals - and counting, thanks to your generosity and support! Make a donation this holiday season, and help our homeless brothers and sisters survive. Every bit helps, and there are so many that come to us in need.

May God bless and keep you. May his face shine upon each of you and grant you peace, and a truly joyful holiday season!

Chris Delany
Co-Founder of Loaves & Fishes

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