Are you looking for an opportunity to serve those in need?
Following the model of Jesus, found in the corporal works of mercy, JJ’s Kitchen “feeds the hungry” by providing free hot breakfasts to Vancouver’s poor and homeless community from 7am – 9am every Saturday morning. It also hosts a large Christmas dinner on the Feast of the Epiphany every year. Located in Shamrock Hall within St. Patrick’s Parish and named after a homeless man who was killed while crossing Main Street, the kitchen was created in 2006 under then-pastor, Fr. Vincent Hawkswell. Since that time, it has continued to serve 50 – 80 visitors weekly and many of the visitors have gone on to give back to the community by helping other vulnerable people find work and/or housing.
JJ’s Kitchen is staffed by St. Patrick’s parish, elementary and secondary school volunteers, as well as members of the St. Patrick’s St. Vincent de Paul Conference. The kitchen also provides opportunities for service/volunteer hours to students and parishioners of neighboring schools and parishes. If you’re looking for an opportunity to give back to your community by helping out at JJ’s Kitchen, contact Minette Gomez. Be attentive to the needs of others and learn the value and dignity of the individuals who come to share a meal with the volunteers of JJ’s Kitchen.
“Amen I say to you, as long as you did it to one of these my least brethren, you did it to me.” (Matthew 25:40)