On Sept. 17, religious of the archdiocese held their second “Picnic in the Park” for homeless men and women. Gathering for a group photo were helpers who greeted guests, distributed food and clothing, and ate with guests.
Religious of archdiocese hold 2nd annual ‘Picnic in the Park’ for homeless
September 26th, 2016
On Sept. 17, religious of the Archdiocese of San Francisco held their second “Picnic in the Park” for homeless men and women. However, there was a twist to this year’s event. The Golden Gate Park panhandle was unavailable, and thanks to the generosity of Father Moises Agudo, the picnic turned into lunch in the parish hall of St. Anthony of Padua Church.
Before the event, men and women religious prepared sandwiches and provided beverages, chips, fresh fruit, new socks, T-shirts and sweatshirts, pet food, toiletries and gift cards.
On the day of the event, chairs and tables with tablecloths were set up in the parish hall. Helpers served as greeters and distributed food, clothing and toiletries. Those who were able sat at tables to enjoy lunch with the guests and engage them in conversation.
Food that was not consumed was distributed in Golden Gate Park, at the 24th and Mission streets BART station and in the Tenderloin to men and women living on the streets. All in all, about 300 people (and some pets) who ordinarily would not be served enjoyed food, clothing and conversation.
Helpers included women and men religious representing the Capuchin Franciscans, Daughters of Charity, Dominican Sisters of Mission San Jose, Dominican Sisters of the Philippines, Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady of Peace, Sisters of the Good Shepherd, Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary, Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, Sisters of Mercy, Sisters of the Presentation, Society of Helpers and Associates of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.
From September 29, 2016 issue of Catholic San Francisco.