The Light House Shelter
St. Mary’s is one of a group of Annapolis churches that originated the Light House Shelter twenty-one years ago to provide help to the homeless in our community. One of the original locations of the shelter was the Carroll House here on our St. Mary’s parish campus. Throughout the years since then our parish and St. Mary’s parishioners have generously supported the Light House Shelter in its mission to help the poor and homeless of our community. The St. Mary’s Most Holy Redeemer Conference of the St. Vincent de Paul Society provides emergency assistance to those in need and works with the Light House Shelter to facilitate long term self sufficiency.
The shelter’s recent expanded capabilities increase the need for volunteers to serve a greater number of clients. The shelter offers opportunities to serve in numerous ways – providing bagged lunches, preparing dinner for shelter residents, pantry help, administrative help, teaching subjects such as job interviewing skills, resume writing, etc. as well as helping with special events such as the annual Pumpkin Patch fundraiser. These activities are only some of the many Light House Shelter opportunities available to help the poor and homeless of our community. You and/or your family or your organization could choose to make bag lunches and provide those to the shelter – as few or as many as you choose and on any schedule you choose. You may choose volunteer activities that interact directly with those you are helping (or not). Choose to volunteer in a way that suits your level of comfort. All of these activities provide golden opportunities to carry out Christ’s direction to Feed the Hungry and Shelter the homeless.
To volunteer you may directly contact Michele Marshall, the Lighthouse Shelter’s Volunteer Coordinator (410-349-5056, firstname.lastname@example.org).