Outreach is a cornerstone of Saint Miriam. We serve by offering liturgy, education to children, care of the dead within our historic cemetery, and outreach to those suffering homelessness. We are also a Sanctuary Parish providing safe sanctuary to anyone in need, regardless of their immigration or religious status. In addition to this, we are the home for a local Boy Scout Troop, two AA charters and their respective leadership committees. Saint Miriam is also proud to support local agencies and outreach programs.
Saint Miriam Blessing Bag Program Is Now…
We recently let go of our former Blessing Food Bags @ Saint Miriam, an award winning outreach to the homeless and food insecure in our area, in order to bring about a stronger program to impact homelessness more deeply called Human First @ Saint Miriam.
This program extends primarily to greater Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and suburbs, and provides housing opportunities on our main campus, as well as nutritional and hygiene support to those living on the streets. We also open our lower parking lot area for our CarSafe Program in order to allow persons living in their car to have a safe place, along with support. Finally, we care for pets of those living on the streets and also feminine hygiene products and care for those who are transgender, as well.
One of the most wonderful aspects of our program is that we ask those who volunteer to take the our services into the streets to also engage with the receiving individual and bring their humanity to the surface. As our byline states clearly, our program is a “comprehensive approach to homelessness, placing the dignity of the human person first.”
Please support our efforts by purchasing supplies, offering your financial support, or volunteering to help us build our support bags or distribute supplies or inventory!
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We have teamed with Sacred Spaces to distribute newly created homemade scarfs from our wonderful Prayer Shawl Ministry Group for homeless persons in our area! Our warm, made with love, scarfs will be going to those who need warmth the most! Please support this new ministry by donating materials or making a generous donation or joining the group and helping make wonderful strength-giving knitted items for those in need of some pastoral care! Join the group, or simply purchase a few scarfs and drop them off to our collection in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room this season!
Recovery International gives people the tools to lead more peaceful and productive lives.
Join the thousands upon thousands of people who have used Recovery International self-help groups to change their lives for the better. Recovery International offers a cognitive behavioral training method developed by the late neuro psychiatrist Dr. Abraham A. Low. For over 75 years this method has helped members learn to identify and manage negative thoughts, feelings, beliefs and behaviors that can lead to emotional distress and related physical symptoms.
This small group meets every Tuesday at 6:30pm in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room.
Car Safe Program
We opened our lower parking lot to help those people living within their cars by providing them a “Safe Car Space.” The program is simple: The car-resident registers at the Administration doors, complete a brief questionnaire to ensure our safety, and get a Blessing Bag and support services. They are able to stay overnight from 8pm – 7am as well as receive a referral to more permanent housing solutions! Registration occurs daily between 6:30pm and 7:00pm and no registrations can take place after 8:00pm.
Alcoholics Anonymous is an international mutual aid fellowship with the stated purpose of enabling its members to “stay sober and help other alcoholics achieve sobriety.” AA is nonprofessional, self-supporting, and apolitical. Its only membership requirement is a desire to stop drinking. Our Sunrise AA Group meets every Saturday morning at 8:30am in the Betsy and Walter Diener Room. Please use the handicap entrance off the Administration Walkway!
Please note: AA meets Saturday morning at 8:30am and is a “closed meeting” so please email for contact information to attend. A ‘Closed’ meeting is for any person, anywhere who has or thinks they may have a desire to stop drinking. … ‘Open’ meetings are for members of the community who may wish to have more information about A.A. Nonalcoholics may attend open meetings as observers.
We are pleased to be the new home for the Ambler Station Singers! They will use our sanctuary space every Wednesday from 7:00pm-9:30pm. You can learn more at: http://amblerstationsingers.com
Saint Miriam is proud to be the home of our local Boy Scout Troop #320. This troop meet sThursday at 7:00pm weekly except in August for summer break.