Give thanks to Yahweh, for she is good,
Her love is everlasting!
Give thanks to the God of gods,
His love is everlasting!
Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
His love is everlasting. (Psalm 136)
As Thanksgiving approaches, we bow to our God and to our supporters in deep deep gratitude for all of the gifts that make our lives and work possible.
So much is happening!!! Susan Crane (who lives and works at our home for teens) and two other supporters (Ed Ehmke and Mary Jane Parrine) are off to North Dakota. They will stand with our Native American brothers and sisters in solidarity. They and hundreds of others will non-violently and prayerfully oppose the oil pipeline that threatens sacred burial grounds, towns and waterways, that service millions downstream. Again and again big oil interests threaten and destroy life.
Erika and her two sons have just moved into our home for children “at risk.”
The boys are in Hoover School and their mom just got a full time job. They need everything. With your donations we purchased school uniforms, shoes, jackets, underwear and a few other things. As soon as mom saves money for car insurance, we’ll find a donated car so she can shuttle the kids to school and herself to a better job.
Another young woman (a student from Notre Dame University in Belmont) just joined us for the rest of this school year. She is from the Middle East and had no place to live. Believe me, it’s complicated! She joins Marissa (another Notre Dame student). Marissa used to live with us when she was a little girl and is one of the teens that we have been helping with a $2,000 scholarship. In addition to 15 academic units, Marissa is also working almost full time.
Aida, Susan and I (Larry) have been at the house for years. Doug is our newest live-in worker. A lawyer, a graduate of the Peace Corps, and former monk, and with some experience at other Catholic Worker Houses, Doug comes with loads of talent and history. God willing, he’ll be here a while too.
In addition to our home on Cassia Street (for children in need) which is totally free, we continue to offer very, very low cost housing to 12 day laborers and six families. In these residences, the first month is free, December is free, and if you lose your job, then your minimal stipend for room and board is forgiven. This is bad capitalism at work and is the way Christians can treat one another.
Altogether, each night, we help house about 25 people, not counting the campers on our front porch. By the way, after 2 years of working with veterans, we’ve decided that they need “care” and “management” that we can’t provide. I must say, that when I write this it feels like a defeat.
This Thanksgiving and Christmas, we will adopt over 300 families with food and gifts. All of our work relies on the grace of God and the Body of Christ, which you all are.
Thank God we are in good hands.
Peace and gratitude,
Larry Purcell, Ronnie Georges, Mary Jane Floyd, Jan Johanson, J Arthur White,
Aida Figueroa, Susan Crane and Doug Herbek
- Food in any amount.
- Holiday needs: gift certificates to Safeway, Target, Old Navy, Payless Shoes,movie passes (Cinemark), and unwrapped gifts for children and adults including the homeless, and men & women in convalescent care, etc.
- Household needs: garbage bags. laptop computers (for high school and college age children), plant food and soil additive for our garden, tickets to events, toilet cleanser, combs and brushes, electronic gadgets for out teens, and any vehicles (cars, trucks, vans, or RV’s.)
- A house or money to buy a house for a new Catholic Worker center. Call Larry for a free cup of coffee.
- Teachers for our English Language School. Call Pam 365-6019.
- Tutors for our afterschool tutoring program. Call Sr. Mary Jane (650) 366-8315.
- Your ongoing love and support.