Make a Difference Monday: The Interfaith Winter Shelter

It’s time again to cook and serve dinners to homeless San Franciscans staying at the Interfaith Winter Shelter.  Calvary volunteers have done this since the beginning of the shelter in 1988 – this is our 26th year in a row!

Calvary has a week more of serving dates this year on February 2-8 (thanks to all who came out in January!). We will be at our usual place, the Unitarian Church on Franklin at Geary.  We need about 12 volunteers for each night.  The hours are 5:30 to 8:00 pm, and children over 7 are welcome to join in.  It is a great way to get to know fellow Calvary folks and to help our neighbors in need at the same time.  We chop, stir, cook, and bake.  We serve the dinner to the men in the dining room, and then wash some pots and pans.  There is a job for everyone!

And it’s fun. On Friday, Feb. 7, the Calvary Youth Group will join youth from Sherith Israel and St. Dominic’s Catholic Church to cook and serve together. This is another example of the wonderful interfaith work that is being done by our youth and our neighbors.  Thank you, David Barnes!   If you have questions, please contact John Knightly, Fran Finney, or Betsy Dodd.

In 1988, our Pastor Emeritus Jim Emerson, at the request of Mayor Art Agnos, helped form a working group of religious leaders to take on the task of sheltering the homeless.  That group of clergy became the San Francisco Interfaith Council.  The Interfaith Council sponsors this annual shelter which is housed alternately at the Unitarian Church, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Boniface, and other churches during the cold rainy months of November through February.  The shelters are staffed by Episcopal Community Services’ employees.  Some 40 congregations of many different faiths  — including Calvary — cook and serve delicious dinners to 80 to 100 homeless men every night.  Join us!

These and upcoming Make a Difference Now opportunities are below:

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