“Each individual Christian and every community is called to be an instrument of God for the liberation and promotion of the poor.” -- Pope Francis
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How is our St. Ignatius community working as an instrument of God? We’re glad you asked!
Guided by the St. Ignatius Parish Mission Statement and in association with the Pastor, the Social Ministries Committee (under the umbrella of the Outreach Commission) annually distributes funds from the St. Ignatius Parish Social Ministries Fund to organizations working with the neediest populations. The funds are drawn from the income of the Social Ministries Endowment Fund which was established in 1988 by the Loyola House Jesuit Community to create funds to support the social ministries activities of St. Ignatius Parish. (None of the endowment fund principle is ever spent.) The Committee and Pastor distribute grants based on requests, historical precedent, current needs, and seasonal programs. General guidelines are that 70% of the funds be spent on efforts in which the parish and/or parishioners are actively involved, Jesuit programs, advocacy, and social justice programs; 10% on other national/international efforts; and 20% be reserved for the Pastor’s direction.
Grants Funded by Draw from Social Ministries Endowment Fund from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 (Total $23,031):
$1,000 to Abundant Grace Coastside Workers which provides workforce development and employment for a homeless and extremely low-income population.
$1,000 to Bayview Senior Services to purchase new chairs for its centers. Bayview provides services predominantly to low income African American seniors living with disabilities in the Bayview and Western Addition districts.
$1,500 to Catholic Charities-CYO to support social services and opportunities for healthy growth and development to low and moderate income families and youth.
$2,500 to Get on the Bus to support the program that unites children and their parents incarcerated in California prisons.
$1,500 to Good Shepherd Gracecenter to support services and some living expenses for women in recovery at this residential facility.
$1,000 to the Jesuit Refugee Services to support its work in accompanying, serving and advocating for the rights of refugees and other forcibly displaced persons.
$1,000 to Most Holy Redeemer Church to purchase toiletries for the approximately 100 low income and homeless patrons of Wednesday Night Suppers, a volunteer-run, family-style meal program at the church.
$1,000 to On the Move to provide services to its clients, many undocumented or DACA-impacted young people (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), who were impacted by the wildfires in Napa and Sonoma Counties in the fall of 2017. Services include a 24-hour translation services so that service providers can share information in Spanish.
$2,500 to Safe House to support this community for homeless, prostituted women who want to escape the violence, brutality and trauma of life on the streets.
$1,800 to St. Vincent de Paul that works to end the cycles of domestic violence and homelessness. SVDP serves over 1,000 persons in need each day in San Francisco.
$1,939 for Sandwich Saturday to support SI's ministry which makes over 700 sandwiches for a local homeless shelter one Saturday a month. To date, the group has made over 128,500 sandwiches.
$1,500 to Support Circle Pregnancy, a medical clinic and counseling center dedicated to providing time, space and support to women in unintended pregnancies.
$2,972 in grants under $500 to seven organizations, including Jaspar House in Haiti, the Jesuit Missions, Mission Dolores Academy, and the San Francisco Interfaith Council.
$1,820 for expenses incurred at Father Greg’s discretion, including for gift cards for needy individuals and support of a student participating in the Appalachian Service Project.
Other Social Ministries supported by the Parish without grants from the Social Ministries Committee this fiscal year:
The Shelter Meal Program provides approximately 12,000 dinner meals annually to community-based organizations in San Francisco that offer supportive services and shelter to homeless men, women, children and families daily. Volunteers cook, deliver and serve dinner meals two weekends each month, Saturday and Sunday, every month of the year. During the winter months and in collaboration with the San Francisco Interfaith Program, additional dinner meals are prepared and served for individuals who are sleeping in emergency shelters throughout the city. Special occasion meals and desserts for older adults and adults with disabilities are also prepared, delivered and served through the year with a special focus on recruiting youth volunteers. The program provides wholesome meals using fresh and seasonal ingredients. The program’s budget is $36,000 per year and its main sources of funding are private donations and charitable foundation grants.
St. Ignatius Brown Bag Lunch Weekend Program is a year-round outreach program aimed at helping to feed the hungry, providing homemade lunches for our less fortunate brothers and sisters in San Francisco. Each month, parishioners donate sack lunches consisting of sandwiches, fruit, dessert and snacks. These lunch donations are then delivered to feed the men and women primarily serviced by the St. Vincent de Paul Multi Service Center. Previously offered at Sunday morning Masses only, lunch collections are now done at all Masses. In addition, in 2018, lunches were also distributed periodically, as quantities and overages allowed, at St. Boniface Church, to those brothers and sisters participating in the Gubbio Project as well as those living on the streets in Golden Gate Park and at the Downtown Embarcadero Muni Stations. As of August 31, 2018, an average of 100-150 lunches a month were donated by the generous members of the parish. We are looking for ways to grow this number and other avenues of distribution as appropriate.
The Gubbio Project provides a safe place to sleep or rest in the sanctuary of St. John the Evangelist Church in the Mission and care services for people experiencing homelessness in San Francisco. The St. Ignatius Parish has been one of Gubbio’s longest-standing and most reliable sponsors. St. Ignatius parishioners have been supplying, cooking and serving a proper homemade breakfast to homeless men and women at Gubbio year-round, on the fourth Friday of every month, since 2010, and our Parish has provided significant financial support to the Project over the years.
The Gabriel Project, an Archdiocesan parish-based ministry, supports pregnant mothers and their unborn children. Gabriel Project volunteers with the generosity of parishioners have delivered diapers, children's clothes, toys and baby items to Alpha Pregnancy Center and Star Community Home. The Gabriel Project "angels" volunteer their time to become family friends, providing friendship, guidance and emotional support to the mothers who seek our assistance.
The Las Vecinas de El Salvador ministry maintains an ongoing relationship with the people of El Salvador through our sister parish, San Antonio Parish in Soyapango, a densely populated municipality next to San Salvador that suffers from high unemployment, extreme poverty, and pervasive gang activity. Through the generosity of St. Ignatius parishioners in supporting the pancake breakfast, silent auction, and craft sales, and in making significant direct donations, the ministry was able to provide over $26,000 to San Antonio Parish between July 1, 2017, and June 30, 2018, to support 20 scholarships, three job training programs (sewing school, craft workshop, and bakery), a graphic design workshop, the parish Health Clinic, a chapel construction project, and other needs.
Simple Needs Sundays are regular Parish collection drives in support of the most basic and urgent needs of our homeless and struggling neighbors. Organizations vary month-to-month, but the intent is to collect essential, everyday items that are in constant need and short supply. Donations are collected at both Saturday & Sunday Masses on the second weekend of the month and distributed locally.
The Solidarity Network aims to raise awareness around the issues immigrant and refugee members of our community face, explore how society can better respond to those issues, and provide support to immigrants and refugees needing assistance. Support includes accompanying individuals and families as they work through the process of becoming documented residents; directly supporting families seeking asylum and refuge; learning about and participating in political efforts to bring a Gospel-centered approach to aiding people who find themselves immigrants or refugees; and by establishing relationships with other congregations. In concert with St. Agnes Parish, the parish continues to provide direct support to one family seeking asylum in our country.
The St. Ignatius and St. Agnes Community Food Pantry, a joint ministry of the two parishes and the SF-Marin Food Bank, provides nutrition-focused meals for the less fortunate. Monthly SI parishioners bring food items to Mass to support the pantry and volunteers from both parishes help with the distribution.
Additionally, the parish supported a special collection of approximately $3,500 in gifts cards which were distributed to undocumented individuals and their families who were affected by the wildfires in Sonoma and Napa Counties in October 2017. The cards were distributed through Catholic Charities in Santa Rosa, On the Move in Napa and Undocu Fund in Santa Rosa.
If you would like any more information about any of these ministries, please contact:
Cathy Kalin at firstname.lastname@example.org, and she will direct you to the volunteer coordinator.
St. Ignatius Parish Social Ministries Committee:
Cathy Kalin (Chair), Barbara Berman, Diane Gutierrez, Tom Rigatti, Michelle Tapia, Fr. Gregory Bonfiglio, S.J., Pastor
The St. Ignatius Parish Outreach Commission, through its Social Outreach Funding Committee, distributes grants to charities that help the neediest among us in our community. Our goal is to support programs in which our parishioners are actively involved and that reflect the advocacy and social justice values of our Jesuit community, through grants ranging from $500 - $2,500. Please consult with your contact at the organization for the relevant information.
Please email: Cathy Kalin, chair of the Social Outreach Funding Committee at email@example.com.
In your email, please provide:
Organization to Fund (Name, Address, Phone, Website, Tax ID # 501c3),
Organization Contact (Name/Phone/Email Address),
Brief Description of Services Organization Provides,
Your Connection to the Organization,
Amount of Request.