Meals for St. Herman House

To Our Fellow Parishioners:

Back in March of 2020, we were all challenged seeing first hand, how the global pandemic got its legs.  During this time, we were asked to help provide lunches for Cleveland’s homeless to be handed out at St. Herman House on Franklin Ave.  Little did we know that 18 months later we would still be gathering lunches for the homeless. 

I am pleased to report that over 10,000 lunches have been provided to date to help feed Cleveland’s most vulnerable citizens.  The generosity of our parish families and organizations continues to astound Debbie and me.  Most importantly, it is the spirit in which everyone gives that is most impressive.

At Assumption, we truly live out the Beatitudes.  In addition to the lunches provided, we have donated men’s underwear, t-shirts, socks and shoes to the shelter.  When the pandemic hit, the showers for the homeless were forced to close.  By the grace of God, we have been able to help provide showers for the homeless with a company called Project Fresh Start. They have converted an old bus into a portable, 3-stall shower station for the homeless.   The sad part of this is, we must burn or throw out the clothes the men are wearing when they come for a shower due to pandemic regulations.  Because of your generosity, we are able to provide clean clothes for them after their showers. To be at the shelter on a day when the showers are available to the homeless; you can truly understand what Christ meant when he said, “Love thy neighbor.”

We are eternally grateful to each and everyone of you for helping us serve the poor.

Please keep the homeless in your prayers, and pass the peanut butter and jelly!

Dan & Debbie Jenks