The Parish of St. Benedict in Ahwatukee Foothills knows the importance of homeless services, especially in the heat of summer.
The congregation has begun its second drive to collect water bottles for St. Vincent de Paul. The collection is just one of the ways people of Ahwatukee Foothills have supported the organization that provides goods and services to the working poor and homeless people in the area.
At the St. Vincent de Paul dining room in Mesa, eight or nine cases of water are given out each day and they serve more than 300 meals during breakfast and lunch. The Parish of St. Benedict also sends volunteers to help with the serving and cleanup.
“Our intent is to make sure during these hot summer months that our brothers and sisters are taken care of,” said Pat Impiccini, parishioner for St. Benedict who runs the water bottle drive. “We got about 400 cases last year that went to various St. Vincent de Paul dining rooms.”
For Omar Henderson and others in his situation, the St. Vincent de Paul dining rooms are a place they go daily for their meals.
“It’s incredible what they give to us,” said Henderson, who has been going to the Mesa location for a couple of weeks. “It really is a blessing.”
St. Vincent de Paul is funded mainly by donations, said Jerry Castro, manager of the dining rooms. He said that water drives like what St. Benedict does are invaluable.
“We count on what the members of those churches collect,” Castro said. “We have several collection efforts going on at a time in Ahwatukee Foothills. And they are all extremely helpful.”
Impiccini said they will take water bottles at St. Benedict, 16223 S. 48th St., during the week and after Sunday mass. They can be reached by phone at (480) 961-1610.
To find out more on how to help St. Vincent de Paul, visit www.stvincentdepaul.net or call (602) 850-6746.
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