"There is ... a paralysis that comes from confusing happiness with a sofa."
"Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths." - Pope Francis
The Human Concerns Committee follows the advice from Pope Francis in many ways. They work toward broadening awareness of all the dimensions of Catholic Social Teaching through educational programs, outreach activities, and cluster-wide announcements in order to engage in and promote activities directed toward awareness of and action in unjust social problems. The Committee is a multi-parish endeavor and some of the ongoing efforts that are supported are Barb’s Baby Ministry, Prison Ministry, Sandwich Program and Winter Warmth Collection.
Barb's Baby Ministry
Barb’s Baby Ministry serves about 10-15 in-need-newborn babies and their young siblings each month by helping primarily single parents get a head start in life. A variety of services including Children’s Community Health Plan, Aurora Family Service, MHS Health Wisconsin, Community Centers, and Family Enrichment Centers help identify and screen the mothers in need. This Ministry is then able to provide clothing, toiletries and other essential items for the care of the newborn through donated items and new items purchased with donated funds.
The Prison Ministry supplies Dignity Kits to men and women being released from prison. These folks often have no personal items and are in need of soap, toothbrushes, shaving kits and shower supplies. These items are collected year round and kits are assembled twice each year.
Each month the Sandwich Program makes over 100 sandwiches for Hope House. The sandwiches provided by this program are used for the men’s lunches and given away at the open window to anyone who asks.
Winter Warmth Collection
In late fall a collection of new and gently used coats, hats, scarves, mittens, gloves and such of all sizes are collected to assist those in need.