A few years ago we intentionally let go of our former Blessing Food Bags, 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 the Norristown area suburbs and provides:
(1) Warm meals to those who serve at meal sites twice weekly, as well as,
(2) Nutritional and hygiene support bags to those living on the streets and,
(3) Our CarSafe Program in order to allow persons living in their car to have a safe place, along with support, as we open our lower parking lot area for overnight stays on our property in Flourtown.
(4) We also care for pets of those living on the streets and also feminine hygiene products, as well.
(5) We have also partnered to help support those living on the streets by becoming a Code Blue Emergency Shelter when inclement weather strikes our area. We will open when needed and provide a warm place to stay overnight, a cot, blanket and pillow to help make everyone comfortable, as well as security to ensure everyone remains safe.
(6) Our board members recently voted to add financial support to two primary areas beyond homelessness:
A. Clergy United Against the Death Penalty to help bring about a right understanding of being pro-life and foster an end to the death penalty.
B. Refugees/Migrant Families to support those being bussed and houses temporarily in our local region.
(7) We partner and support with other nonprofit organizations such as:
Not By Sight Outreach, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to being an influential force of hope by providing food, clothing, personal care items, and ministry to under-resourced communities and people experiencing challenging times. We offer undergarments, socks, food and support to single mothers and their children!
(8) At the Norristown Transportation Center between 1:00pm and 3:00pm on Saturday afternoons we provide hot meals, water, socks and outreach nutrition and hygiene bags.
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!