Outreach to the Poor

“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: “It is more blessed to give than to receive“”

St Margaret Center On-Site Volunteering

St Margaret's CenterA few miles away from Visitation Church, St Margaret’s Center, a program of Catholic Charities of Los Angeles Inc., has served low-income and homeless families since 1987. The Center provides a comprehensive range of emergency and supportive services to more than 10,000 unduplicated individuals annually in the Los Angeles “L.A.X.” area, primarily those living in the cities or streets of Lennox and surrounding communities. Visitation has a long history of supporting St Margaret’s Center in its mission.

Visitation Volunteers perform a myriad of tasks including:

  • Taking donations from local grocery stores to the Center’s food pantry
  • Working at the center stocking the shelves and rotating to ensure freshness
  • Working at the center assisting with its many programs
  • Participating in the Christmas program where the “Giving tree” gifts from Visitation are taken to the center where parents select a gift for their child while the program is ongoing, and it is wrapped and given to the child

If you are able to volunteer a few hours a week, please contact Dick Van Dusen at the Parish Office 310-216-1145 x22.

Lunches for the Poor

“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me in.” Mathew 25:35

Every week, volunteers from Visitation meet for a few hours in our own Parish Center to assemble sandwiches which are delivered to St. Margaret’s Center, feeding low income and homeless individuals and families in the community.  

When:  Wednesday evening at 6:30 p.m. in O’Sullivan Hall for St Margaret’s Center
What:  Assembling sandwiches
Who:   All are welcome!  It just takes a little time each week to make a big difference in someone’s life!

If you are interested in volunteering in this ministry Contact the church office. Dick Van Dusen is the contact person for the St Margaret Center lunches.

Mercy Bags

Mercy Bag ContentsIn this year of Mercy, the Church calls us to perform Corporal Acts of Mercy. These “are charitable actions by which we help our neighbors in their bodily needs.”  One way we are answering the call at Visitation, is to assist St. Margaret’s Center in providing hygiene bags for the homeless and poor that they serve. These are small ziplock bags of travel sized toiletries such as soap, shampoo, razors, deodorant, toothbrushes and related items.

The need of St. Margaret’s Center is so great that as soon as these bags are available, they are given out.  We hope to become a consistent resource for St. Margaret’s Center by having a once a month collection of these essential items.  Each family is invited to make 3-5 hygiene Mercy Bags and include a note of encouragement and inspiration.  Once a month, these will be collected at church and taken to St Margaret’s.  You might want to make an extra one or two to keep in the car to hand out when you come across someone in need!

Click here to download our flyer on what to put in your Mercy Bag.  This list was provided by St Margaret’s and represents the most needed items.  Contact Dan Smith dsmithwestchester@gmail.com for more information or to help with collection and delivery.