St. Vincent Service

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Serve the Poor and Needy!
At St. Francis Parish, we provide direct service for the poor such as; food drives, homeless shelters, tax preparation and the Giving Tree at Christmas. These projects are established and maintained by our parish St. Vincent Service Committee.

St. Vincent Service Committee: 
A group of women and men, inspired by the innovative spirit, offering person-to-person service to the needy. We collaborate with other organizations of goodwill in relieving "de-humanizing need" and working to spread Gospel values, to address the needs of all people, both within and outside of the parish.

Come and Join Us!
For more information contact Scott Wright, Director of Parish Service + Justice Ministry Office, at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 734-821-2121.

Assist at Emergency Food Program  (*)

administered by Catholic Social Services at Northside Community Center, Ann Arbor, which distributes groceries and personal care items to low-income families and individuals on a monthly and/or emergency basis.


Serve a Meal to the Hungry!
Every third Friday evening of the month, prepare and serve a meal at the Ann Arbor Community Kitchen.


Shelter for Homeless Families
Each year St. Francis Parish hosts (one week in October, and one week in June) homeless families with the Interfaith Hospitality Network (IHN) at Alpha House Family Shelter4290 Jackson Rd., Ann Arbor 48103. You are invited to sign-up and help.  In addition, at other times of the year, if you would like to volunteer to assist the Interfaith Hospitality Network at Alpha House Family Shelter please visit  www.alphahouse-ihn.org, or 734-822-0220.


Shelter for Homeless Individuals
Each year for one week in the winter (early March), St. Francis Parish hosts approximately 25-35 homeless men from our community. You are invited to sign-up and help as a host one night, or, provide snacks, or, be a driver one evening or one morning.   In addition, at other times of the year, if you would like to volunteer to assist The Shelter Association of Washtenaw County (S.A.W.C.). See the Volunteering tab at www.annarborshelter.org or call 734-662-2829 ext 226.


Food Drives - Help Deliver Food
Volunteers are needed for pick-up and delivery or as a substitute. It just requires a car and about an hour of time for delivery to pantries in Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.  Every week of the year, all year long, members of St. Francis Parish bring non-perishable food items to Mass that are delivered by volunteers to local pantries.  Our major food drives are in November, at Thanksgiving,as well as, February/March, during Lent.. Sign up to help.  In June our Food Drive is for delivery to a Detroit or Flint program. Sign-up to help in June. If you are interested in helping with leadership (Coordinator Position Description) or 734-821-2121.


Help With Tax Forms?
We assist with filing Tax forms. For 12 weeks each year (beginning of February to April), parishioners volunteer their time to assist individuals in need on their Income Tax Return if they have limited income and simple tax returns. Sign-up here.  Or, learn more here.  Need Help With Your Tax Return? Call the Parish Office at 734-769-2550 to make a 45-minute appointment Saturdays, February through April.  No walk-ins!

Service Project Opportunities
Looking for service ideas and contacts in our community? After first searching our St. Francis' Sign-Up Forms page for volunteer options here at St/ Francis, you can find in addition to the we offer, our list of other suggested volunteer service opportunities in our community throughout the year.


The St. Vincent de Paul Fund is an Emergency Assistance Fund used to help persons that are struggling financially. We partner with “Friends-in-Deed”, our congregational network, to assist persons found to be "in need" of Emergency Financial Assistance. We help with a variety of expenses like: housing, transportation, and car repair. We also help people find other community resources listed on our Essential Human Services Emergency Service List. Contact Friends-in-Deed at 734-484-HELP or Scott Wright at swright [at] stfrancisa2 [dot] org or 821-2121. Here is the 

INTERVIEW and some Criteria for Determining When Emergency Financial Aid is Granted.


Resource from St. Francis:
Help at St. Francis Parish - Emergency Assistance List

Emergency Service List of Essential Human Services

Resources in Michigan:
Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw

Detroit Archdiocesan Parish information & Locator

Diocese of Lansing

Holy Cross Children's Services, Boysville of Michigan

Michigan Catholic Conference

St. Louis Center

Thomas More Law Center

United States:
Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Catholic Network of Volunteer Service (CNVS), a non-profit membership organization of 200 domestic and international volunteer and lay mission programs.

International:
Catholic Relief Services (CRS)

Forms and Resources
Committee Chair Position Description

St. Vincent Projects
Volunteers Needed