Andre House – A House of Hospitality
By Leo Woznick
A Community Prayer to End Homelessness:
Andre House stands against a divided world. We believe that the first and most important activity in healing a broken world is prayer. The last Friday of each month Andre House hosts an ecumenical prayer meeting that brings together many faith communities, community leaders, people experiencing homelessness together for one hour of prayer, song and petition. I invite you to join us as we seek to invite peace and harmony to our community.
Just 33 years ago, in the fall of 1984, two Holy Cross priests from Norte Dame found an opportunity to share their time and service in Phoenix. They rented a house deep in a working-class neighborhood of the city and began their mission, which was to actively respond to the needs of the poor and homeless. At the same time, their mission called for encouraging others to do the same.
That was the beginning of Andre House, a familiar destination where many of our parishioners also share their time and skills.
Feeding those in need has always been a priority. At the beginning, Andre House provided meals to the homeless one night a week. Today, the mission serves an average 600 plates per night, six nights per week.
The contact at our parish is Katie Brown. She explains how parishioners can become involved: “Each third Sunday of the month our parish has openings for up to 10 volunteers to prepare Sunday dinner at the House,” she says. “First-time volunteers will usually be able to go with a group that has been there already, which may make individuals more comfortable.”
Parishioners can also be involved by providing necessary donations. Donated items that are always welcomed are men’s and women’s clothing of all types, blankets and toiletries, especially travel size.
Katie says, “Another way to help is to support our various drives held during the year. We collect desserts at Easter, Christmas and Thanksgiving, and collect water in the summer and blankets in the fall. “Actually,“ she explains, “many of our parishioners quietly drop off water, blankets, toiletries, checks, etc., before Sunday Mass. And do so without any fanfare.”
To offer time as a volunteer, parishioners can go to the parish’s website, go to Ministries, click on Social Outreach and then click on Andre House.
In addition, the mission’s own website has complete information about its history and a detailed description of all the services it provides.
“Andre House is truly grateful to our parish for its support,” Katie says. “The one direct impact of our support is that we help Andre House make the guests that visit feel welcome and served.”
Andre House is a tax-exempt organization. Charitable contributions are eligible for deduction from federal income taxes. In addition, contributions also qualify for the AZ tax credit for contributions.
October 5, 2017