Catholic Diocese of Spokane, Washington

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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

Poor Man’s Meal rallies support for House of Charity programs

the Inland Register

(From the Dec. 2, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

The 25th annual Poor Man’s Meal was hosted at Spokane’s House of Charity last month. Among those in attendance were, from left: Ed McCarron, director of the House of Charity; Dr. Rob McCann, Director of Catholic Charities Spokane; Mary Milla, long-time supporter of and volunteer for the House of Charity; and Bishop Blase Cupich. (IR photo courtesy of Catholic Charities)

The 25th annual Bishop’s Poor Man’s Meal, held on Sunday, Oct. 10 at the House of Charity in downtown Spokane, had much to celebrate.

Three hundred guests enjoyed a simple and tasty lunch of minestrone soup, homemade rolls, and berry cobbler created by the shelter’s Food Service Coordinator, Tami Rossi, with help from HOC staff and volunteers.

The event was graced with the presence of Bishop Blase Cupich, new leader of the Catholic Diocese, who spoke of Catholics’ key role as community in serving the poor and homeless, and as well own individual roles to help neighbors, friends, and family.

The first Silver Tray Award was presented to Mary Milla, long-time volunteer and supporter of the House of Charity. Recently celebrating her 90th birthday, Mary has served for many years as Committee Chair in organizing the event.

Beginning in 1985, the Poor Man’s Meal has raised more than $600,000 for the shelter’s Sleeping Program. The Emergency Winter Sleeping Program was originally open between Nov. 15-March 15.\

Today, the program is year-round, sleeping 108 men nightly as well as sleeping additional men as a Warming Center when the temperature falls to or below 15pF.

The shelter also serves a light breakfast and between 250-350 lunch meals daily. Additionally, the House of Charity provides a laundry facility, mail service, a medical clinic, a clothing bank, and case management services to homeless men and women.

In 2009, the shelter provided 39,848 bed nights, served 61,983 lunch meals, and provided 4,379 hours of case management assistance.

“We treat each patron with respect and dignity, and we also expect them to treat others in the same way when they are at the shelter and in the surrounding area,” said Ed McCarron, director of the House of Charity. “We provide them with the basics of living everyday – meals and warmth. We are also there to help them when they are ready to begin their journey to wholeness.”

House of Charity, a program of Catholic Charities Spokane, provides services to any and all, as long as they are respectful of themselves and others. The shelter depends on more than 400 volunteers.

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