The holiday season is a time when Saint Anne Hope Ministries ensures our neighbors in need have all of the extras that make Thanksgiving and Christmas truly special. And with the added kindness of our parishioners, volunteers and the Barrington community, the ministry was able to provide so much more!
- Saint Anne Hope Ministries served 72 families in need for Thanksgiving and 72 families in need for Christmas. Sixteen families were adopted by parishioners and interested others, ensuring these families had clothes and gifts for their children at Christmas. Additionally, generous donors provided thousands of dollars in additional support to ensure everyone had extra food and other help this holiday season.
- The ministry served nearly 250 families for both holidays through its mobile food pantry. The mobile food pantry serves families within School districts 220 and 300 living in the Carpentersville area. In addition to food from the Northern Illinois Food Bank, these families also received a $25 food gift card.
- Hundreds of holiday meals were provided courtesy of Jewel Food Stores, Barrington.
- The ministry also worked with Father Bernie and Pastor Don Wink from Lutheran Church of the Atonement to provide $1,800 in food support to the homeless.
- Saint Anne Hope Ministries continues to provide support to Little Sisters of the Poor. Every Wednesday, the ministry sends dinner to the home for nearly 100 residents and 20 support staff.
Thank you to parishioners, ministry volunteers and the Barrington community for your ongoing support and generosity.Other Saint Anne Hope Ministry news:
- With Covid numbers spiking, Project Hope has gone to a hybrid system of serving those in need with food gift cards and bags of food for January and February. Special bags are prepackaged with breakfast and lunch items and distributed with food gift cards to our 72 families.
- House of Hope has been operating at 25% capacity per state mandate. Despite the limited number of people allowed in the store at one time, the store has been generally covering the cost of operations. Project Hope’s outreach costs have been covered by its savings.
- A new assistant store manager started on January 5 at the House of Hope. Dawn Husby replaces Sharon Rolf, as our assistant manager and volunteer coordinator.