Cultural Outreach Project
"The joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the people of our time, especially of those who are poor or afflicted, are the joys and hopes, the grief and anguish of the followers of Christ as well."
—Gaudium et Spes, Second Vatican Council, 1965
To increase awareness of the needs of the “least among us,” the parish began a new initiative, the annual Cultural Outreach Program, in 2008. St. Joseph the Worker is home to people from all over the world. Each year the parish identifies a need in a country where many in the parish have roots and commits to a fundraising project in collaboration with a local charity. In addition to the outreach purpose, the project enables the community to learn more about the countries many of our parishioners come from.
Past Projects and Charitable Partners
- Home construction for poor communities in the Philippines; Gawad Kalinga (2008)
- Educational opportunity for poor children in the underserved highland regions of Vietnam; Educational Encouragement for Poor Students (EEPS) (2009)
- A drug and alcohol rehabilitation center in Mexicali, Mexico; Casa de la Esperanza (House of Hope) (2010)
- Educational opportunity for the children of war-torn Uganda; Invisible Children (2011)
- Clarendon Children’s Home for poor, displaced, and orphaned children of Mount Lavinia, a suburb of Colombo, Sri Lanka; Clarendon Foundation (2012)
- Colegio San José Fe y Alegría No. 40, operated by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, Tacna, Peru (2013)
- Coptic Orphans, an organization dedicated to providing food, shelter, and educational opportunity for fatherless children in Egypt, many of whom are displaced Coptic Christians (2014)
- Dilasa Bhavan, a care, rehabilitation, and education center for HIV-infected orphans and widows and for homeless psychiatric patients located in midwest India and sponsored by the Missionary Society of St. Thomas the Apostle (2015).
- Hope for Iraqi Christians, a charitable organization to aid Iraqi Christian refugees in the Middle East (2016).
- Kay Lasante, “House of Health,” a health care services clinic operated by Haitians for Haitians, Port-au-Prince, Haiti (2017).
INFORMATION and How to Help
Jess Sarile, Pastoral Council Chair