NDCL School in Chardon, Ohio recently organized the Labre Ministry, named after St. Benedict Joseph Labre, the patron saint of the homeless, to provide weekly, year-round food and necessities to Cleveland’s homeless. Students participating in the Labre Ministry help prepare meals and meet and serve the homeless by visiting them where they live on the streets, under bridges and in vacant lots. The students also collect and distribute supplies to the homeless including packaged food, clothing, blankets and toiletries.
The focus of the Labre Ministry is on solidarity, rather than charity, as relationships between the students and the homeless are created. By building relationships with people on the streets, students choose to stand in solidarity with God’s people and affirm the human dignity of all. “Although we are only in our eighth week,” said Beth Davis, Co-Director of Campus Ministry, “we can already feel the impact. Our students have really embraced the experience….very transformational.”
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