The Homeless Stand Down event, held at Cleveland's Public Auditorium on January 24th, welcomed individuals and families facing poverty and homelessness to a day of warmth, giving, and companionship. Guests enjoyed access to social service providers, haircuts, medical screenings, live entertainment, professional portraits, breakfast and lunch, free winter clothing, personal care kits, bus passes and much more. Each year, the Homeless Stand Down serves between 800-1100 individuals who are homeless and requires the assistance of hundreds of volunteers.
For the past five years, The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis have joined with the Cleveland community to help alleviate homelessness through the Homeless Stand Down event. Our Sisters and Associates volunteer before and during this event.
At our Holiday Gathering at Marymount Congregational Home and at the Christmas Mass a collection was taken to purchase personal hygiene items such as soap, shampoo, deodorant and razors. In the days following the collection, Sisters Dorothy Ann Krolikowski, Marie Myers, and Joan of Arc Majkrzak purchased the items for the hygiene bags and got them ready to be assembled.
When the sisters and associates met at Marymount Congregational home in early January, fifty hygiene kits were created for the Stand Down Event. These kits were given to the men who attended to the event. The extra funds from the collections were used to purchase men's socks and children's winter hats.
Participation in the Homeless Stand Down event is one way in which the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis live their commitment to helping those facing homelessness and poverty.
Click here to view photos of Sisters and Associates preparing care kits.