Following a rich history of involvement of St Francis Xavier Parish in the social needs of the Missoula community, the Social Justice Commission has developed a plan to be implemented in the coming months to address the critical issue of family homelessness and to enlist increased participation of our parishioners. In addition, we will be developing several educational series aimed at broadening understanding in the areas of mental health awareness and suicide prevention, climate change, and domestic violence.
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While the activities of the Social Justice Commission are on-going, we are currently working on recruiting mentors to work with families who will be housed in the Holy Family House, a parish-sponsored house for homeless families working in conjunction with the YWCA Gateway Program.
- Increase the participation of parishioners in the area of family homelessness, such as Family Promise and the Homeless Advocate Network. This was the number one topic that came out of listening sessions conducted last year along with the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative.
- Work on more education on areas of interest coming out of last year’s listening sessions, such as Climate Change, Suicide Prevention and Mental Illness awareness (with NAMI) and Domestic Violence Awareness and outreach
How Parishioners Can Get Involved:
- Approximately each quarter, our parish hosts Family Promise and through bulletin and pulpit announcements,parishioners are invited and encouraged to sign-up on a white board which is provided in the west entrance of the church.
- We will be conducting one-to-one invitations to parishioners to participate in a training through the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative’s Homeless Advocate Network to become mentors or “advocates” for the families who will be housed in Holy Family House. Interested parishioners will be welcomed to attend the open house to learn more and can participate in further training sessions in the future.
List of Current Members:
Ann Moriarity Eileen Zak John Williams Molly McKinnon
Terry Burke Bill Comstock Edine Loran
Pam Brigham email@example.com 406 541-6041)