Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

St. Thomas’ parishioners participate in and provide support for parishioners in need as well as many community outreach opportunities listed here. Several even serve in leadership roles in these various organizations!

If you see something that piques your interest, please contact the individuals listed. They would love to share their passions with you, and hopefully help you find a meaningful way to engage as well. And if you have an opportunity you would like to bring to the attention of the parish, let us know that as well!

Asbury First Storehouse

Leader: Caroline Yates (send e-mail)

Asbury First Storehouse distributes donated clothing, kitchenware, and linens free to people who are referred from social agencies, health care facilities, and churches.

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Flower City Habitat for Humanity

Leader: Lisa Hand (send e-mail)

It's a busy Habitat season. 39 Love Street, Rochester was just dedicated Friday October 18th for our new homeowner Eudosia & her family. It's a 3 bedroom 1-1/2 bath two story home now with new windows, stylish ceramic tile kitchen floor and coordinating subway tile backsplash. Eudosia received the Habitat traditional hammer and Bible, and also a home coach to guide her through homeownership's challenges. She moves in November 1st. Thanks to Alma Leslie who said a wonderful blessing for the house and to you to all who helped build and helped contribute. Thanksgiving Pie Sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity Kelly's scrumptious Pies will be sold through Nov. 11th for Habitat. Apple Crumb, Apple Raspberry, and Pumpkin pies for $17 and Apple Crisp $13. Orders will be paid at time of ordering by mailing a check payable to Our Lady of Lourdes. Order forms will be available in the Lower Hall and mailing envelopes. Your unwanted clothes too can help fund our next home Cleaning out your clothes closet? Bring home textiles and clothes in tightly closed plastic bags to our St. Pauly donation shed at Grace Church at 805 Blossom Rd, Rochester, NY 14610 ******* The Brighton Churches Coalition in Support of Flower City Habitat for Humanity's mission is to bring people together to build houses, communities, and hope. Since 1984 Flower City Habitat for Humanity has built or renovated over 200 homes in Rochester, helping families achieve their dreams of home ownership and strengthening local neighborhoods.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Step by Step

Leader: Kathy Walczak (send e-mail)

A program of Volunteers of America for which St. Thomas' parishioners volunteer that provides hope, support and guidance to women who are, have been or are at risk of becoming incarcerated, as well as women in drug-recovery programs.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Volunteers Of America - Guesthouse

Leader: Christine Long (send e-mail)

In the spirit of service and compassion, Volunteers of America offers a safe place where homeless families and individuals can come in out of the cold...a place where they can recover from the crisis in their lives and begin to rebuild…a place where someone believes in them and is there to help.

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watch Care: Make-a-Meal Team

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Make a meal for individuals or families who are dealing with an illness, surgery or loss.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Card and Note Writers

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Parishioners who send cards and notes to those who need encouragement or who have an illness or who've had surgery.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Eucharistic Visitors

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Licensed and trained eucharistic ministers who take holy communion to parishioners who are unable to be present for worship services.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Flower Delivery

Leader: Deb Cougler (send e-mail)

Deliver weekend altar flowers to people who are ill or in need of some cheer.

Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Funeral Hospitality Ministry

Leader: Lois Giess (send e-mail)

Parishioners who help coordinate the care of families before the funeral of a loved one and who organize receptions afterward.

Day: Varies
Time: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Prayer Ministry

Leader: Sue Scanlon (send e-mail)

St. Thomas' Prayer Ministry provides daily, confidential prayer support for the needs, concerns and joys of our parishioners and their families and friends. Members of this Ministry who are able, meet in the North Porch after the 10:00 on the last Sunday of each month to pray in community. Anyone in need of prayer support is welcome.

Day: Last Sunday of the Month
Time: Morning
Area: Church
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Watchcare: Transportation & Delivery Team

Leader: Sue Scanlon (send e-mail)

A group of parishioners willing to transport those in need to church services or other St. Thomas' events.

Day: Varies
Dept: Ministry Team
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs

Way of Love Grief Group

Leader: Leslie Burkardt (send e-mail)

Dept: Adult Ministries
Type: Watchcare/Adult & Family Needs