Serving those Most in Need – The Homeless and Trafficked

Sr. Louis Mary Passeri helps pack bags.

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.

Sr. Nadine Buchanan collected supplies to distribute at a Sanctuary Night drop in.
Sr. Nadine loading her bags for Sanctuary Night.
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18 responses to “Serving those Most in Need – The Homeless and Trafficked

  1. Thank you, Nadine, for your tireless service to our sisters and brothers and for preaching through your witness, calling us to see and be the compassion of Christ. I miss seeing you and hearing your stories. Please continue to find ways to get the message of love-made-visible out to us.


  2. Sister Nadine,
    I think of you often with such respect and love, for your nature and kindness to all of those in need. May you walk in Beauty always~
    Sending kind thoughts & prayers

  3. You continue to be the Light, Nadine, to the people who need it the most. Blessings for the gift you are to so many and comfort and peace to you as you continue on your journey. ❤️

  4. Dear Nadine,
    Hope some of the money Fr. Ray has offered for the street women is helping to fill those bags. I will be sure to tell him what you and Sr. Louis Mary are doing to assist the ‘anawin’ here in Columbus. He will be so happy he could contribute in some small way. I am too. May God continue to give you both strength and courage in all you are about.
    Blessings and peace,

    1. Thanks so much, Brigid! Yes, Father Ray’s and many others donations certainly support my efforts ALL the time! I couldn’t do this Ministry without my generous donors! With much gratitude and lots of love!

  5. Sr. Nadine,
    The men and women are blessed beyond measure with the Light of Christ living within you. God bless you and all the angels working with you.
    Much love and prayers,

  6. Thank you Nadine and all who are in there helping you to continuing to reach out to our needy brothers and sisters. A real missionary!

    1. Thanks so much for your meaningful message! I do appreciate it and being called a missionary! I always wanted to be one and sometimes our Mission isn’t across an ocean but in our back yard! Love you and many blessings!

  7. Thank you Nadine, for your continuing beautiful and faithful presence to God’s precious people! We and they are blessed to have you in our lives!

    1. Thank you so much for all your support and kindness, Luisa! Many blessings and lots of love to you!

  8. Hi, Virginia! Thanks so much for your kind comments and support! I really miss my people! I wasn’t able to take the bags out myself. A friend from Sanctuary Night picked them up from me. She texted me and said that the bags were gone in a flash. I’ll be doing it again and often. They are in such need! Thanks for your prayers! Love and blessings to you, Virginia! Nadine xoxo

  9. Nadine, you give flesh and blood to the power of human presence as profound source of healing for our world – God is holding every single one of us! Thank you….

    1. Hi, Connie! Thanks so much for your support and kindness! I appreciate it and I hope you are doing well! With lots of love and blessings! Nadine xoxo

  10. Your ministry to the very marginalized and often invisible is awe inspiring.
    We are blessed by the support of our Congregation to be able to reach out in live and service. Your heart must be filled to overflowing!

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