Outreach is partnering with Catholic Services of Acadiana to fill a pressing need. Catholic Charities opened a “low barrier” shelter (to assist with housing an overflow from their other shelters) in March of this year. According to Catholic Charities, more than 100 people will stay in one of their three shelters in Lafayette on any given night. Inclement weather is here and motivates people living on the streets to seek shelter. Catholic Charities say the dangers homeless face if they’re sleeping on the streets, includes violence, theft and harassment.
For the past several months, the shelters have been running in an emergency state to ensure those who need shelter have it. Ben Broussard with Catholic Charities told KATC TV-3, “The greatest poverty we have here in Lafayette is a spiritual poverty. There is a loneliness and shame for the situation they are in. Often, folks who are experiencing homelessness don’t hear their name enough. If you feel called to it, ask them their name and try to help them any way you can.” The Outreach Team hopes you feel motivated to pick up a comfort bag from the Narthex, carry it with you for when the moment is right, and do just that in the coming winter months.
The shelters are in need of hats, gloves, underwear and socks. St. Barnabas will donate the remainder of knit beanie caps purchased for the kindness comfort bags project.
During the month of December, we’ll be collecting donations of gloves, underwear and socks to accompany the beanie caps. Please place donated items using the bins found in the Narthex. Outreach Ministry brown envelope receipts will be utilized to provide a cash donation designated to assist with the operation of the low barrier shelters.