POWIR Update: Seeking Legal Assistance

POWIR Update: Seeking Legal Assistance

We are in need of legal assistance for the three young men from Afghanistan who we are helping to resettle. 

We are seeking immigration attorneys who would be willing to work pro bono to represent our young men through this process.

If you are an immigration attorney willing to work with our young men and/or provide guidance to the SJSP POWIR team – or if you have any leads on attorneys or organizations that might be able to help –  we would love to hear from you!

NPH Update

NPH Update

The recent campaign on behalf of our friends at NPH was a tremendous success! Our goal was $37,000 to fund education for children in the Mexico home. Thanks to our youth fundraisers, parishioners who fundraised and all of you who donated, we exceeded the goal by collecting $54,431.

John Deinhart, CEO, NPH USA and Andrea Nahigian, the new Donor Relations Director on the East Coast, recently paid us a visit to thank us in person. John says: “The St. John-St. Paul community has been a true blessing in the lives of countless children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. This community truly embodies our Gospel call, ‘whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do for me.’  With your help, NPH can now send 42 students to school to receive a 7th education…

THIS WEEKEND, June 4-5! St. Francis House Adult Clothing Collection

THIS WEEKEND, June 4-5! St. Francis House Adult Clothing Collection

Please take advantage of Spring cleaning and donate THIS weekend, June 5-6 at the St. John garage (behind the church building) between 9AM-5PM. 

We are so happy to be able to resume our tradition of the June Clothing Collection for St. Francis House! St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. They serve approximately 50 clothing appointments per day (M-F) which is 250 full sets of clothing per week to their guests in need. Please note that 85% of St Francis House guests are men, so men’s items are in most need.  Women’s items are also accepted but CHILDREN’S ITEMS ARE NOT ACCEPTED.  All items must be clean, in good condition, and (at most) gently used. In particular, NEW socks are welcome for their Foot Clinic. Please box or bag everything – no clothing on hangers, please!  

Needed Donation Items…

Remembering the Children of NPH – Special Second Collection This Weekend

Remembering the Children of NPH – Special Second Collection This Weekend

Anne Mears Shares Her Experience with NPH
I had the privilege of visiting the NPH Dominican Republic home during the Summer of 2019 when I chaperoned the high school service trip from our St. John-St. Paul Collaborative in Wellesley. I had worked with NPH in the past when the Pequeño Tour had come to play and sing during our Sunday Masses. The young people who visited from the Guatemala home during this visit were an outstanding group of young people. NPH emphasizes that they strive to make their homes as close as they can to a stable loving family atmosphere and that was more than apparent as I met the respectful, loving, caring and fun individuals who anyone could clearly see had a strong familial bond.

When I went to the NPH Dominican Republic home I saw this for myself. The children live in small group homes within the larger complex of Casa Santa Ana and are looked after by Tías (Aunties)…

St. Francis House Men’s Clothing Collection – Weekend of June 5-6

St. Francis House Men’s Clothing Collection – Weekend of June 5-6

We are so happy to be able to resume our tradition of the June Men’s Clothing Collection for St. Francis House!  Please take advantage of Spring cleaning and donate on the weekend of June 5-6 at the St. John garage (behind the church building) between 9AM-5PM.

St. Francis House rebuilds lives by providing refuge and pathways to stability for adults experiencing homelessness and poverty. They serve approximately 50 clothing appointments per day (M-F) which is 250 full sets of clothing per week to their guests in need. 85% of St Francis House guests are men.  Women’s items are accepted; children’s items are NOT accepted.  All items must be clean, in good condition, and (at most) gently used. In particular, new socks are welcome for their Foot Clinic. Please box or bag everything – no clothing on hangers, please!  Needed items are…

Bike Collection for “The Bike Connector” – Sunday, May 15 at 1:00pm in the Saint John School Parking Lot

Bike Collection for “The Bike Connector” – Sunday, May 15 at 1:00pm in the Saint John School Parking Lot

The Bike Connector is a non-profit, 100% volunteer-run, community-based program that provides free bikes for people in need: children who have never had a bike and adults who need transportation. They also offer “Do It Together” bike repair workshop, affordable bicycles, and hands-on educational programming. 

They recently provided free bikes to the three Afghani young men we are helping to resettle through the POWIR program. 

The Bike Connector only works when they have bikes. They depend on generous donors to donate outgrown or unused bikes. Their volunteer team makes necessary repairs to ensure a safe ride.

If you have an idle bike – child or adult – please consider donating it to The Bike Connector at our Bike Collection event!

Remembering the Children of NPH – Social Media Campaign and Special Second Collection May 21-22

Remembering the Children of NPH – Social Media Campaign and Special Second Collection May 21-22

Unlike any other moment in our lifetime, the Covid-19 pandemic upturned our lives and our understanding of the world. But unlike in the U.S., the countries where NPH Homes reside didn’t have the benefits of government subsidies, local nonprofits, or food pantries to help them survive. During that same time, NPH USA had to cancel all their in person fundraising events and postpone international trips as Covid-19 restrictions swept across the globe. NPH Homes were thereby faced with a $2M budget deficit.

NPH’s survival has come down to cutting any expense beyond meeting a child’s most basic level of needs. This meant that even the core programs, dedicated to lifting children from poverty, had to be eliminated just so they could focus on keeping the pequeños safe, fed, and loved.

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has been a part of the NPH family since 2017…

This Weekend: Special Second Collection for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

This Weekend: Special Second Collection for Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program

Each year, through our Collaborative Lenten Gift, we reach out as a community to one particular place of suffering, amid so many in the world. This year, we will reach out through our support of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), which provides the highest quality health care services possible to some of the most vulnerable members of our community – Boston’s homeless individuals and families of all ages.

We thank you for your participation and we are grateful for any donation you can offer. Checks should be made payable to your parish, with “2022 Lenten Gift” noted in the memo. If you prefer, you may donate online at any time during the Lenten season, or by sending a check to your parish office.

Telling the Story Part Three: Integrated Care

Telling the Story Part Three: Integrated Care

The mission of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is to ensure unconditionally equitable and dignified access to the highest quality health care for all individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community. Many homeless patients struggle with at least one substance abuse problem, at least one chronic physical condition and a psychiatric illness. Each condition is often preventable and manageable…on its own. But, in combination and left untreated, such health problems become compounded — and all too often, fatal. 

Medicine has long grappled with addressing these interconnected aspects of a patient’s healthcare in a coordinated way. The integrated care model at BHCHP unites physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, case managers and behavioral health professionals in close collaboration. They follow patients in a variety of settings – on the streets, at the Barbara McInnis House, in shelter-based clinics, in the hospitals and in housing – providing regular contact and uninterrupted care…