Offering and Receiving Care During COVID-19

This time of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) has left us wondering how to care for each other, how to be a people of care, mercy, justice, and peace.

We have been told that social distancing is an expression of solidarity to our medical professionals, as well as a work of mercy to those who are most at risk with this virus. Nevertheless, we know that many remain in need during this time, and perhaps, even more marginalized through our self-quarantines. It is important that we continue to be creative with our efforts to be the body of Christ for and with each other.

First of all, we would encourage you to look for ways to help others in your own families and neighborhood. This is a great opportunity to reweaving local networks of care with people that we might have taken for granted or with whom we share life but don’t have a lot of meaningful contact. Call your neighbor, check in on each other, share a meal or offer to grocery shop for someone. How can we care and support one another in creative ways during this time?

Here at St. Francis, in order to build a list of people willing to offer care in our faith community, we have a form below that you can fill out. Once you fill out the form, one of our parish staff members will be in touch with you to connect you with an opportunity to serve. We are also reaching out to our older and at-risk parishioners to see if they have any needs that we can help with. The form below is also set up to request some care if you or someone you know is in need.

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For those of you feeling called to be on the front lines serving the most vulnerable in our community, a number of our local community partner agencies are still trying to keep some level of services going. Emergency food providers are an example. All agencies are following the evolving guidance from CDC and other governmental authorities. They are taking majors to ensure volunteers are protected as much as possible.   

We have three feeding ministries at St. Francis that are still going forward: Brown Bag Ministry, Oak City Cares, and Helen Wright Center for Homeless Women. Clicking on these links will send you to links where you can find contacts and information about signing up.

We will also continue to highlight community partners who are struggling to fulfill their mission in these new times. Catholic Parish Outreach has now suspended all feeding operations until further notice. We also pointing people now to the Food Bank of NC, Urban Ministries, and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.

We are in touch with a variety of other community agencies and will continue to update this web page as it becomes clear what the community needs are.

You can also check out the Activate Good website and the North Carolina state resource page that are being regularly updated to include COVID-19 volunteer and donation opportunities in the greater Triangle area.

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Lastly, again, during this time, if you are in need of some care, please out the form below for receiving care, and we will be in touch with you promptly.

Prayers to all – be well.

In Christ,

Kathleen Owen, Director of Parish Life, kathleen.owen@stfrancisraleigh.org.  919-847-8205, ext. 241

Trevor Thompson, Director of Justice and Peace, Trevor.thompson@stfrancisraleigh.org 919-847-8205, ext. 270

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