Being Christ's Hands and Feet in the World
St. Francis reaches out to our local community in many meaningful ways. We feed the hungry though our weekly food pantry and periodic Food Bank Truck distributions. The Refugee Medical and Dental clinic serves every Wednesday evening. Check out News or our Facebook page for current events, or contact the church office for more information on how you can get involved at (210) 696-0834 or .
Click here to read an in depth story about the struggle of refugees in our neighborhood living in deteriorating conditions.
Many of the families we serve through other ministries have children who attend Mead Elementary, located just two miles away from St. Francis. We are beginning a new ministry to help students that may involve lots of interaction, but immediately the school is asking for the following items:
Underwear for Boys in the following sizes:
extra small and small, 2T, 3T, 4T and 5T.
Ties for boys ages 9-12 They need to be real ties not clip on or bow ties.
Feed a child for the weekend. Two breakfast items, two snacks and two individuals sized meals. Such as: cereal bars, fruit cups, pudding cups, Peanut butter cups, Oatmeal Packets, and Chef Boyardee individual meals.
Our next packing session is Sunday, February 24.
The Food Pantry’s mission is to provide food to those who are hungry, both within our parish and in our surrounding community. Our Food Pantry is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m.- 12:00 p.m. We serve the following zipcodes: 78229, 78230, 78238, 78240, 78249, and 78250. Contact Nate Wilson at (210) 218-0962 to volunteer.
Food Bank truck distributions
Three times a year (June, July, and August) we partner with the San Antonio Food Bank to provide a truckload of food to hungry families. At each distribution, we typically serve 5 to 6 tons of food to approximately 90 families. Volunteers help in various ways: loading cars, breaking down pallets of food into family-sized portions, and administrative paperwork. Others direct traffic or drive recipients home (many of our local refugee families walk to get to St. Francis) with their groceries. It’s hot work, but very rewarding. If you would like to help, contact the church office.
San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic
University of Texas Health Science Center of San Antonio (UTHSCSA) dental, medical and nursing students currently serve the refugee population at the San Antonio Refugee Health Clinic (SARHC), in an interprofessional collaborative setting. As an interprofessional educational collaborative, students from all professions have the opportunity to observe and facilitate the delivery of oral/healthcare needs for the refugee patients.
According to the Refugee Processing Center, the number of refugees arriving yearly to San Antonio has been averaging 750 every year for the past 5 years. Refugees experience limited access to healthcare resources due to language, financial, and transportation barriers, which further complicates their well-being due to socioeconomic instability and their displaced status.
The clinic meets weekly on Wednesdays, starting at 5p.m. on the St. Francis campus.
The St. Francis community supports the clinic staff by providing healthy food during their shift. There are usually 20-25 students. You are asked to bring a meal. Such as sandwiches, soup, lasagna, a side, and perhaps some bread. Please be aware you are feeding about 25 students. Click the button below to sign up!
International Community Garden
The International Community Garden is located at the south edge of our campus, adjacent to the youth building. We have 58 plots of land, which are leased to refugee families who live in nearby apartment complexes. These plots allow them a place to grow food and give them the opportunity for meaningful labor and fellowship.
If you are interested in helping out, your assistance would be greatly appreciated. The garden also welcomes individuals or groups seeking to perform service projects.
The garden committee is an ecumenical group, including members from First Baptist and University United Methodist churches. Maria Ammerman is our contact person:(916) 529-2608.
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