Service in Action
Holy Foods Market Serves Up Food and Fellowship
After shopping at his neighborhood supermarket, a D.C. priest had the inspiration for transforming his parish’s longstanding food pantry into something special for the poor in that community. Father Bill Carloni, the pastor of Holy Name of Jesus parish in Washington, was inspired to start a large-scale market-style food pantry after buying groceries at the newly opened Whole Foods Market just a few blocks from the parish.
Holy Foods Market is Open the First Saturday and Second Thursday of the month.
To donate or volunteer at the market, or for more information, please contact Holy Name of Jesus Parish at (202) 397-2525.
Welcome Home Program Offers Second Chance to Incarcerated
Every year in the D.C. metro area, about 2,000 individuals return home after serving time in prison. For those individuals, this is just the beginning of a long and oftentimes difficult journey to a new life. This is their second chance.
And that is exactly what the Welcome Home Reentry Program believes in.
The Catholic Charities program strives to help citizens returning from incarceration acclimate to life through finding housing, work, or transportation, obtaining education, rejoining with family or community, and accessing physical and mental health and substance-abuse services needed for continued recovery.
By connecting individuals with volunteer mentors, the program aids men and women on their journey to a new life. Learn more about this program here.
Victory Housing Founder Brought Scripture to life
When he was pastor of Our Lady of Victory parish in Washington, he learned of an elderly parishioner who died of a heart attack after she was forced out of her apartment as a result of condominium conversion. That incident inspired him to work with parishioners in 1979 to found Victory Housing, Inc., an agency of the Archdiocese of Washington that provides affordable housing for low- and moderate-income senior citizens and families.
Presently in 2018, Victory Housing operates 31 properties, including six assisted living residences for the frail elderly, 21 apartment communities for independent seniors, and four apartment communities for low- and moderate-income families. Those properties throughout Washington and Maryland have 2,175 units.
Learn more about this program here.