Holy Cross supports and participates in six ongoing ministries of outreach, and also one-time ministries introduced by members, and approved by our Vicar and Bishop’s Committee.
To support outreach, some people volunteer time to visit those in need or to deliver goods, others contribute in-kind or financial donations. All are invited to participate, but there is no obligation to participate. We emphasize in all service to the community and beyond that reaching out to others is something that each person can do, because prayer is at the heart of our relationship with God’s people. The People of Holy Cross have been extraordinarily generous in all ways. And we have been blessed with a number of volunteers from the community who have no relationship to Holy Cross, other than by supporting a particular outreach. We are so grateful for these volunteers! Connecting with the world locally and globally undergirds our brand Open Minds, Open Arms.
Located about a mile from Holy Cross, La Posada de Guadalupe Shelter provides short-term housing and case management for homeless men over the age of 18 in North San Diego County, and long-term housing for employed farm workers in North County. Sponsored by Catholic Charities, the emergency shelter provided for homeless men is limited to 60 days. Potential clients are screened for substance abuse issues, and for emotional and behavioral issues. The shelter’s code of conduct helps men in need to establish or re-establish healthy and productive lives.
The staff at La Posada de Guadalupe provide counseling, job training and other services that support independent living. An onsite chef works within a limited budget to provide healthy breakfasts and dinners for all. Lunches are prepared and packed for those who work in the outdoors during the day. The chef welcomes involvement from churches and other groups who may want to provide a meal (for about 80 men) once a month at a specified time.
Holy Cross provides food for the men of La Posada during two months of the year, collected through donations of canned meat, peanut butter, orange juice, ramen noodles and other non-perishable food items. All financial donations designated to La Posada are used to purchase needed food, and volunteers deliver the food in coordination with the staff. Holy Cross remembers La Posada de Guadalupe in prayer. We pray for the clients who are living through painful transition, and ask God’s blessing on those who have lost much and who feel little loved.
For more information, please contact Lupe Ortega through the Church Office.