“Whatever you did for these least brothers of mine, you did for me.”Matthew 25:40
McRest is a transitional shelter which provides homeless and displaced individuals the opportunity for successful transition to independence. McRest started out as a one day “day camp” for the homeless in 1988. With the success of that endeavor, it grew into overnight shelters with twelve churches participating. McRest has since grown from those twelve churches into over seventy churches now participating. St. Isidore has supported McRest over the years serving as a host for multiple years. At the conclusion of hosting we continued to offer financial support to the organization. With new leadership and renewed energy, we believe the Holy Spirit is calling us to a fresh start with this opportunity.
Our new leaders, Mr. David Treadwell and Mr. Robert Thursam, are new parishioners at St. Isidore having come to us from Our Lady Queen of Creation in New Baltimore. Both have extensive McRest experience from O.L.Q.C. We look forward to working with them and assisting them is any way we can. We also welcome Ms. Diane Royer to our parish. Diane was formerly a member of St. Blasé and is a McRest Board member and also a former McRest coordinator.
Because of Covid 19 a myriad of issues have arisen that make hosting at a parish site very difficult. As a result St. Isidore is reimbursing the McRest program the cost to house 30 men in a hotel for one week. Additionally, several St. Isidore parish organizations have stepped forward to prepare dinners for the men. Our two coordinators will take care of providing lunch and a continental breakfast.
Would you like to donate supplies to McRest? There is a need for T-shirts, underwear, (variety of sizes) small tubes of toothpaste, non-alcoholic mouth wash, toothbrushes, razors, shaving cream, small bar soap, etc., the kind of things that would go into a man’s toiletry bag. Also laundry packets containing $4.50 in quarters, a laundry pod, dryer sheets. We understand that many of us are also affected adversely by Covid 19, i.e.; loss of hours, pay cuts and in some instances, loss of work. However, if it is possible, donations of the aforementioned items would be deeply appreciated not only by St. Isidore, but especially by the men we help. If you can’t donate, then your prayers for the men and the program are especially welcomed. Please remember that many of these men are in the program because they lost their source of income and their homes. In some cases, the wives and children are also in the program and they are separated from their husband and father. We pray that you consider the invitation to become involved with this wonderful outreach opportunity, an opportunity that speaks to the Gospel call to help those in need.
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