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Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy

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Community outreach, mission, and service are all part of the work at St. Luke. Through the leadership of dedicated committees, St. Luke deacons, members and friends, we seek to support and provide services to our neighbors and the greater community.  St. Luke has a long history of supporting and advocating for homeless communities, as well as a number of food programs in Marin.  Whether collecting items such as toiletries, snacks, socks and blankets and distributing to those in need, or partnering with local agencies and non-profit organizations,  there’s never a shortage of opportunities for you to help serve our extended community.

The ministry of deacon as set forth in Scripture is one of compassion, witness, and service, sharing in the redeeming love of Jesus Christ for the poor, the hungry, the sick, the lost, the friendless, the oppressed, those burdened by unjust policies or structures, or anyone in distress (Presbyterian Book of Order).

ST. LUKE IN SERVICE


San Pedro Elementary School is St. Luke's  neighborhood public elementary school just minutes away on Pt. San Pedro Road.  St. Luke has supported the needs of the families at San Pedro with the guidance of school leadership, including assisting families of students  who were quarantined for Covid-19 exposure.

Currently we are partnering with Experience Corps Bay Area, a volunteer organization that matches volunteer reading tutors – aged 50 years and older – with non-fluent readers in 1st – 3rd grades at San Pedro and other local schools (both in-person and virtually). There is no experience necessary to volunteer, and Experience Corps provides all the training.  If you are interested, please contact Donna Helman, School Site Coordinator for San Pedro School (415.637.2145 or ) or Sandi Strang, program manager (415.519.6189 or ).


Marin Interfaith Street Chaplaincy Dinner
Pre-pandemic, every Tuesday night at First Presbyterian in San Rafael, several local congregations rotate to provide dinner and fellowship for approximately 80- 100 people. St. Luke has taken a leadership role in this outreach program with Michael Baranowski - an elder and member of St. Luke - designated as kitchen manager, supporting participating congregations each week throughout the year. St. Luke itself serves every 6- 8 weeks, staffed by our cheerful volunteers.

The past holiday season found more than two dozen St. Luke participants created 100 personal pies and a full holiday meal for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. More than 200 pies were baked and full dinners served to 220 unsheltered and food insecure guests. 

During the COVID quarantine, the Street Chaplaincy pivoted to a hot meal to go Burrito Ministry serving more than 10,000 burritos and sandwich wraps since March 2021. Now with the mandates easing, The Street Chaplaincy has begun to transitioned to a traditional meal service. Regular meals are back but still in grab and go style. Three-course hot meals in TV dinner trays, along with homemade cookies (provided by numerous organizations) go out every Tuesday to Marin’s unsheltered & food insecure

For more information contact:
Michael Baranowski

Tuesday Night Burritos and Kitchen Crew (click to expand)


St. Luke collaborates with Welcoming Home a community of dedicated volunteers, donors, and partners - to bring hope and comfort to families in need in Marin and Sonoma counties. Welcoming Home is dedicated to helping individuals and families who are transitioning out of homelessness and poverty by fully furnishing and equipping their “new” homes, turning a house into a home in a single day of transformation. The organization engages the local communities in donating funds and needed items to foster their mission of neighbors helping neighbors. By repurposing items from donors, Welcoming Home also helps to reduce the volume of used furniture and household goods going to the landfill.

For more information contact:

Before & After Photos (click to expand)


Gilead House is a place of hope to inspire and empower homeless single moms and their children toward financial stability and independence as they navigate the journey to self-reliance.  Established in 1999, Gilead House provides a stable home environment for low-income, vulnerable, and often homeless single mothers and their children. Their 24-month program offers women the opportunity to learn vital skills in a supportive environment so our residents can make permanent changes in their life. 

St Luke has adopted a room at Gilead House, donating bedding, towels, pillows, baskets, comforters, throws, toiletries, and other items to outfit the room for the next mother and her children.  Additionally, during the 2021 Christmas season,  nine families received a complete Christmas luncheon including hams and turkey and all the side dishes. Outreach also arranged for donated household goods to be delivered, including gingerbread houses, puzzles, fun sox, games, movie night goodies and DVDs, paper towels, toilet paper, detergent and pull-up diapers, etc.  

 

Sanzuma is dedicated to increasing the availability of freshly grown foods through gardening and urban farming, policy, improving health, and reconnecting people with their environment.  Since 2013 Sanzuma has converted many existing school gardens into producing farms and taught thousands of nutrition classes while educating the students how to grow their own food. The bounty from the gardens is then processed through the San Rafael City School lunch program for their salad bars.  St. Luke has participated in work days at the school farms, and has provided holiday meals for some of the Sanzuma families.


St. Luke is part of a larger faith community in Marin County that provides meals for the Trans HeartLine House in San Anselmo.  Trans HeartLine’s mission is to build bridges between the transgender community and the rest of the world through community education and advocacy, as well as post-op housing and wrap-around recovery services related to gender affirmation surgery. We cook, provide staples, snacks, desserts, and Safeway gift cards to nourish approximately six people for one week.

 
St. Luke has been a long-time partner to the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, with a donation barrel always on site.  Year-to-date we have donated over 300 lbs. of food to the food bank.