The COVID-19 pandemic has caused many of those who need assistance to become even more desperate. Unfortunately, those of us who minister to the homeless and trafficked women and men have not been able to go out and by providing food and supplies.
Sister Nadine Buchanan works with Monday Sanctuary Nights, a “drop-in” event that welcomes trafficked women and men for a meal, supplies, and safe conversation. Traditionally the meals have been provided by local volunteers, but with the concern about food safety caused by the pandemic, meals must now be prepared by a commercial kitchen.
At the most recent Sanctuary Night, homeless women and men came during a terrible thunderstorm to pick up a good meal prepared and packaged by Freedom ala Carte, a local ministry that employs those coming out of trafficking. The Dominican Sisters of Peace, Columbus Motherhouse Administrator Jean Sylvester, and Keith Johnson, Kitchen Manager, along with the Columbus Motherhouse Kitchen Staff, donated sandwiches. To-go bags including t-shirts, underwear, socks, washcloths, toilet paper and wipes, notes of encouragement and a $5.00 McDonalds gift card were provided by generous donors to Sr. Nadine’s street ministry.
We were so blessed to be able to help our sisters and brothers on the streets, and look forward to when we can see them more regularly, Thanks to everyone who helped make this night of ministry possible.