Please keep the needy in your prayers, especially homeless families and individuals sleeping in cars or on the streets throughout the year.
There are such an overwhelming number of folks in need in the Missoula area that the Poverello is over capacity and running out of food and the food pantries are seeing record numbers, especially at the end of the months when their SNAP benefits are depleted. As always, we are extremely grateful for your generous contributions to our Aid to the Needy Fund.
We are excited to launch Holy Family House this fall, a parish sponsored project which will temporarily house homeless families. Working in collaboration with the Missoula YWCA Gateway program, Holy Family House is part of a larger effort to provide shelter for the 30 families who are reported homeless in our community on any given night. The house is located at 510 West Spruce Street. If you are interested in helping out as a family advocate, or mentor, or if you would like to make a monetary contribution to assist with the monthly rent, please call Pam in the parish office for more information.
Here is a thank you note from an agency whose client we recently helped with shelter along with Christ the King, First United Methodist Church and First Presbyterian Church:
I want to extend my thanks to your congregation for assisting my client into
housing. This individual was living in a camper with an inadequate heat
source for a prolonged period of time. He is in his 50’s and has worked all
his life at laboring type jobs and became unable to work due to injuries
that precluded the manual labor he has always done. He now is receiving SSDI
but lacked adequate monies to pay first months rent and deposit. He is very
thankful for your assistance to him.
My best regards to you,
Ybarra District XI Human Resource Council
Did you know?
- 36% of all Missoula private-sector workers work in low-wage jobs that pay on average less than $23,000 per year, but the living wage for a single person in Montana is about $29,000 per year.
- Approximately 1 in 7 Montanans struggle with hunger, including nearly 48,000 children living in food insecure homes
- In a recent article in the Missoulian, Lori Davidson, director of the Missoula Housing Authority said that “There are a huge number of families in Missoula that are rent burdened, where they pay more than 30 percent of their income to rent,” while some can pay nearly 60 percent of their net income to rent.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen:to loose the chains of injusticeand untie the cords of the yoke,to set the oppressed freeand break every yoke?Is it not to share your food with the hungryand to provide the poor wanderer with shelter —when you see the naked, to clothe them?” -Isaiah 58:6-7