There is no question that, for many people in Buffalo and in all of Erie County, times are hard. We see clear evidence of this at St. Luke's by the increase in the numbers of people who come to the Mission seeking help. We are seeing more displaced families, more homeless single mothers, more homeless men and more young men in crisis. We do the best we can to help all those who come to us, but there is no doubt that St. Luke's needs to grow. It is this reality that is driving the new projects we will describe here.
St. Benedict Joseph Labre House
Benedict Joseph Labre wanted to serve the Lord as a monk, but no monastery would accept him due to mental problems. Sleeping on the streets, he had nowhere to call home, despite his call to holiness. One day he died on his way to Mass and the whole town turned out to honor the troubled holy man that they all came to know and love.
Men and women in need who cannot find a place elsewhere because of developmental or mental difficulties need a home.
St Benedict Joseph Labre House will be that home for them.
$ 300,000 is needed to build that home for them.
St. John Bosco House
Don John Bosco dedicated his priesthood to helping poor young men who had no one else to take care of them. He was a father for them in many ways, reflecting the love of their Father in heaven.
Today, as in 19th century Italy, many young men are in need of the same care and discipline and a place to learn of Gods love for them.
Don Bosco House will provide all of that for them.
$ 400,000 will build that home for them.
St. Josephs Room at the Inn
Jesus, the Word made flesh who came to dwell among us, was born in a stable because Joseph was unable to find any room at the inn for Mary who was about to give birth. All too often there is still no place for Jesus in the disguise of the poor – men and women, young and old – to spend the night and to be warm and fed.
St. Josephs Room at the Inn will be a bed and breakfast for the homeless, providing a place to sleep and to rest from life on the streets.
$ 1,500,000 will build that home for them.
For over ten years, the generosity of our friends has allowed us to:
- feed the hungry
- give drink to the thirsty
- shelter the homeless
- clothe the naked
As we look to do even more, we need your help.
APOSTLE - a new program for giving
Consider becoming an APOSTLE, which stands for A Part Of ST Lukes Everyday.
We realize that it is not practical or possible for everyone to come to St. Luke's and volunteer, even though we know many of you would love to do so if you could. The APOSTLE program allows people to become a part of the works of mercy performed at St. Lukes every day through making a cash donation every month. You can specify a particular new project you would like your money to go toward or just contribute toward the needs of the Mission in general. We are looking for people to pledge $30.00 per month. This can be an individual pledge, a family, or a larger group of people such as a department at a work place. Any amount is desperately needed and greatly appreciated. And %100 of your donation will go to satisfy the needs of God's poor. For more information about the APOSTLE program, contact Mrs. Pat Titus at (716) 825 - 4147.
St. Lukes is totally run by volunteers. Neither Amy Betros nor Norm Paolini receive any salary nor do any of the Missionaries. We receive no money from the government or from the Diocese of Buffalo. All of the money that helps sustain the work of St. Luke's comes from generous people like yourself and all of the money that is donated - 100% of it - goes to carry out the Corporal and Spiritual works of Mercy. May God bless you abundantly for your prayers and your generosity.
"Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40
The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper with the instruction, Take care of him. If you spend more than what I have given you, I shall repay you on my way back.
"Which of these three, in your opinion, was neighbor to the robbers victim?" He answered, The one who treated him with mercy. Jesus said to him, "Go and do likewise." Luke 10: 35- 37