OLR Blood Drive-Thank You!
Thank you to all the volunteers that contributed to a successful blood drive last Sunday. Our donors gave 21 units of blood which means that potentially 63 lives can be saved. Many thanks to Gary Fiscus, Laura Parry and Cora Armitage for manning the canteen and Valerie Whalen, Fritzie Mager, Michelle McCormick and Kathy Bartus for providing a tasty lunch to the Red Cross staff. We really appreciate your support!
Walt Kreucher & Bronia Maiorano
School food collection -Thank you
Thank you to all the families of the school who donated food to our pantry to help fill the Thanksgiving and Christmas food baskets. Your donations help us to be able to help families in need with food we would otherwise have to purchase. Your generosity is overwhelming and very much appreciated.
2018 Christmas Giving Tree Charities
Yes it will soon be that time again. So, in the next two weeks will be a listing of all the charities that will be included on this year’s Giving Tree. This will give you information on what the charity does and how it helps those in need. Thank you all for your continued support of Christian Service and what we try to do to help those in need in our community.
The Villa on Green Lake – (Bortz Nursing Home) – A facility providing long term, 24 hour nursing care for 85 residents in the West Bloomfield area.
Capuchin Soup Kitchen Helping Families with everyday needs – With the help of generous donors and their offerings, the Capuchin Christmas Program will provide families with items every family needs, sheets, blankets, pillows, towels etc.
Coalition On Temporary Shelter – COTS exists to alleviate homelessness by providing shelter, meals and an array of services, which enable people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and decent affordable housing. COTS advocates for long-term solutions to the problem of homelessness.
Hope Warming Center – Pontiac
HOPE welcomes homeless adults in need of safe shelter and support services without judgement. HOPE envisions a community where all have the opportunity to move from homelessness to safe housing, gain access to resources, and develop the skills to enhance their quality of life.
Mary’s Children Family Center – is a non-profit day program for the brain injured (i.e. from birth or acquired injury). The program provides academic, physical, occupational and recreational activities enhanced by fellowship, lunch and prayer.
Mary’s Mantle -Mary’s Mantle is a Catholic residential program for homeless, pregnant women in Southfield Michigan.
Matchan Nutrition Center – The Nutrition Center is a charity work of the Oakland Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and feeds approximately 200 hungry people at noon on every Tuesday and Thursday of the year.
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CROSSROADS SOUP KITCHEN VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
It’s that time again – Our Lady of Refuge will once again be the host at Crossroads Soup Kitchen in Detroit on Sunday November 25th. We are looking for 30 volunteers that will assist in either preparing a meal (morning shift) from 8am – 12pm, for 800 homeless people or serving the meal (afternoon shift) from 10am – 2pm. Volunteers must be at least 14 years of age. We will meet in the Social Hall and carpool to the shelter in Detroit at its new location. This is a great experience for families! If you are unable to volunteer and would still like to help out, donations for the food purchase are always appreciated. For more information and to volunteer call Cindy at 248 515-7171.
OUR BRAVE MEN AND WOMEN IN THE ARMED SERVICES
“Dear Lord Jesus and Mary, Mother of God, hold all these brave souls in the palm of your hand; comfort them and their families. Send angels of protection, love and comfort to all the service men and women still at war, bring them home safely and comfort their families. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.”
Christopher Bowman Coast Guard
Daniel Culbertson Navy
Kristal Denina Marines
Michelle Dinverno Army
Steven Dinverno Army
Peter Gignac Air Force
Joshua Hartley Air Force
Cody Henderson Army
Katherine Opie Army
Christopher Peters Army
Patrick Stoddard Army
If you would like your loved one added to our Military list and board, please contact Laura Parry at 248 681-8029.