Holy Family Community Center Newsletter Volume 2 | September 18, 2020
Listen & Learn Lunch
Our new series of video stories launches TODAY! We are offering a place for people in our community to share their stories and get to know each other better.

Storytelling, much like food, is a glue that can hold us together. One day, we will invite you to bring your lunch or come for dinner to hear and tell stories live.

For now, please enjoy a new video each Friday at noon, perhaps with your own lunch at home.
Our first series features members of the St Benedict the Moor parish, sharing what it means for them to be a black Catholic in Omaha.
Coming Soon!
We are looking forward to hosting a virtual screening of a new episode of the PBS series Art 21 this fall. A panel discussion featuring local artists and curators from the Joslyn Art Museum and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts will follow the screening as we explore what contemporary artists are making.
Save the date Thursday November 5th at 5:30pm
and stay tuned for more details.
Creighton Service Learning
We are thrilled to be working with the Catholic Social Teaching Class at Creighton on several service learning projects. Even working remotely, they are doing helpful research, planning and communication projects for us. Thank you students, we can't wait to see what you find out!
Monthly Blog
Holy Family Ministries Director Bruce Noble offers a new blog entry this month. Bruce helps run the Sack Lunch Program, the Closet Door, and the Street Outreach as well as general maintenance, dreaming and planning, and videography.
Ongoing Programs
Sack Lunch Program
Our Sack Lunch program offers around 70 sack lunches per day at the door. We are so grateful for the teams of people who regularly volunteer to keep this up and running each weekday.
Closet Door
We continue to offer free clothing and personal care items at our door four mornings week. With the rapid weather changes, we have had to scramble to find shorts one day and sweatshirts the next. Our amazing volunteers are working hard to get this program running well and sustainably.
See below for how you can help.
Street Outreach
We have three vans that take 140 lunches out to the streets of east Omaha, which includes lunches to the Jackson Tower and Park South housing high-rises each weekday to support the seniors living there. Once a month we add laundry detergent or other basic household needs. This work was begun by James Parsons many years ago and we are proud to continue his generous tradition. Your contributions can help continue this program!
The Churchyard Community Garden
The Churchyard is looking very inviting with all the picnic tables, a lovely swing, and soon new benches thanks to another great Eagle Scout project. We appreciate all the ways to enjoy the garden.
The Chapel
We are preparing the Chapel for meetings with video capability and possible performance for very small groups.
How You Can Help
We are in need of clothing for our Closet Door program. People can come to our door four mornings a week for free socks, underwear, pants, shirts, coats, hats, toiletry items and more when we have it. We are deeply grateful to the SVdP Thrift Stores for helping out, but we are purchasing new socks, underwear, and pants regularly.
Could you consider donating funds, toiletries or clothing items or hosting a drive to collect them for us?

One volunteer recently utilized the website Next Door to set up a mini clothing drive. If you would like to help out this way, just look at our list of specific needs, hold your drive safely, and contact us for a drop off day and time. Anything you gather that is not on our list can be taken to any of our four SVdP Thrift Stores.
Gathering items and making toiletry bags or volunteering to sort clothing can be a great group or family projects!
The Closet Door at Holy Family Ongoing Needs
Men's briefs, sizes M, L, XL, 2XL
Men's black cotton crew socks, sizes 9-12
Men's jeans, sizes 32x32, 34x34
Men's cotton t-shirts (any color), sizes XL, 2XL, 3XL
Men's hoodies, sizes L, XL, 2XL

Individually wrapped toothbrushes
Small toothpaste
Men's deodorant
Travel size shaving cream
Disposable razors
Bar soap
Travel size shampoo
Body wipes
Amazon Smile & Wish Lists
Did you know every time you make a purchase on Amazon, you can have 0.5% of your purchase cost donated to your favorite charity? Just sign up once at the link below and every time you make a purchase, you are helping those in need.
You can also make purchases and have them sent directly to us. Click on the link to see our Closet Door Wish List.
Who We Are
Lori Tatreau is the Director of the Holy Family Community Center, helping to develop new programs, find funding, and growing partnerships.
Bruce Noble is the Director of Holy Family Ministries, founder of the Churchyard Community Garden, and our videographer.
Holy Family
Community Center
1715 Izard St.
A work of the Society of
St Vincent de Paul Omaha