“Whatever you did for one of these least brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (Mt 24:40)
Chair or Contact Person
Mary Ellen McGuire, Pastoral Associate
To contact by email, click at email me...@stmchapelhill.org
Ministry members talk to local residents experiencing a financial crisis. We provide a compassionate, listening ear and can offer prayer support and sometimes financial support to help with rent/utilities.
Each year we help 400-500 families with rent or utility payments. Our aim is to help keep people in their homes giving priority to elderly and handicapped persons, and families with young children.
The ministry is open Mondays from 8:30-11:30am and we receive inquiries in person and on the telephone. We get to know about the person’s situation and make a determination about if/how we are able to assist, and also offer local referrals for additional resourcing.
One ministry member per shift, from 8:30 am-12 noon on Mondays. Usually we serve once a month. We also have periodic ministry meetings to pray, support each other, and share ideas.
The parish office
Estimated Time Commitment for Volunteers
3.5 hours monthly
Ministry members must have compassion for the poor, be able to pray with people, and be able to say “no” sometimes even when needs are great. This is a ministry of hope, encouragement, and discipleship of Jesus Christ. Organization is important and we track our data on an Excel spreadsheet. This is a small team, as good communication with each other is essential. People interested in this ministry are interviewed and references are required.
If you are in need of financial assistance, please come to the parish office, or call, on Mondays from 8:30-11:30am. Phone number: 919-942-6216. You may also try Catholic Charities in Durham at 919-286-1964 or InterFaith Council in Carrboro at 919-929-6380.
|Activities involved in volunteering for this ministry|
|√||Work can be done alone|
|Work can be done at home|
|Work may involve some strenuous activity|
|√||Activity is spiritual in nature|
|√||Activity is social in nature|
|Activity involves children or the youth|
|Activity involves teaching|
|Appropriate for singles|
|Appropriate for married couples|
|Appropriate for family members|
|√||Other: Spreadsheet and telephone skills|