The mission of St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church is to be Christ for others as Christ is for us. We are called to live out that mission by serving the needs of the poor, elderly, and disadvantaged. In addition to the many hours of volunteering, prayers, and love provided by parishioners, St. Joan of Arc has established the St. Joan of Arc Charities Fund to support charitable organizations that serve the poor and marginalized. That fund is fulfilled through your weekly plate collections, and augmented by the annual Charities Gala.
Habitat for Humanity East Bay/Silicon Valley
Habitat for Humanity partners with local individuals and families to build and preserve affordable homeownership. Driven by God’s love, Habitat builds strength, stability, and self-reliance by building new homes for those with limited incomes.
While officially non-denominational, Habitat East Bay’s foundational partners also consist of a coalition of nine Catholic parishes, including St. Joan of Arc. Donations to the St. Joan of Arc Charities Fund will help support Habitat’s newest project, Central Commons, in Fremont.
You can learn more about Habitat for Humanity East Bay at www.habitatebsv.org. You can volunteer with SJA at https://eastbay.volunteerhub.com/lp/StJoanofArc/events/index . Aimee Johns is the SJA contact for our local Habitat for Humanity.
Loaves and Fishes
Loaves and Fishes is a Catholic-founded organization that provides community-based food programs and partner services to serve basic needs of the poor in Contra Costa County. In addition to providing hot meals each weekday, Loaves and Fishes runs a Culinary Training Program for at-risk adults.
Loaves and Fishes will use your generous donations to support operations in their five dining rooms in Martinez, Bay Point, Pittsburgh, Antioch, and Oakley. Funds will also support training programs that help students earn licensing, certifications, and life skills to raise themselves from poverty.
Lumen Christi Academies
Lumen Christi Academies is the re-imagined network of seven Catholic schools serving the neediest students in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.
Lumen Christi Academies will apply your donations to fund a Learning Support Coordinator to serve the students with speech, language, and social communication deficits. If left untreated, these can severely affect the students’ academic success, social-emotional learning, and spiritual development.
You can learn more about Lumen Christi Academies at https://www.oakdiocese.org/schools/academy/lumen-christi-academies.
Parish Contact: Mary Pult.
Mercy Retirement & Care Center
Mercy Retirement & Care Center (sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community) runs the Mercy Brown Bag Program (MBBP) to freely distribute fresh groceries and meet the nutritional needs of low-income senior neighbors in the Fruitvale District of Oakland. MBBP is the only senior grocery provider for Alameda County. In addition, Mercy Center provides English as a Second Language (ESL) services to grocery recipients through a partnership with the LEO Center (founded by the Lasallian Christian Brothers and Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet).
Your contributions to the SJA Charities Fund will help Mercy Brown Bag continue to serve over one million pounds of food to seniors and families annually.
You can learn more about Mercy Center including volunteer opportunities at www.mercybrownbag.org.
Monument Crisis Center
Monument Crisis Center (MCC) provides resources to low income and at-risk members of Contra Costa County. A full family resource center, MCC’s services span food support, after-school programs, senior activities, life and business skills, health services, and community engagement programs.
Monument Crisis Center will use your St. Joan Charities Fund donations to help fund the Resource and Referral / Health and Wellness Programs. These programs include computer workshops, English language learning classes, and resume workshops. In addition, clients will gain access to health screenings, cooking and nutrition classes, and exercise and stress reduction education.
SHELTER, Inc. offers services to low-income, homeless, and disadvantaged families and individuals to prevent homelessness, end the cycle of homelessness, and provide affordable housing.
SHELTER, Inc. will apply your generous St. Joan Charities Fund donations to support the Mountain View Emergency Family Shelter in Martinez.
You can learn more about SHELTER, Inc., including volunteering, at www.shelterinc.org.
Shepherd’s Gate meets the practical, spiritual, and emotional needs of battered and homeless women and children through residence programs in Livermore and Brentwood. The programs provide both emergency care, shelter, and long-term programs to achieve self-sufficiency.
Your generosity will help support a full-time case manager at Shepherd’s Gate. The case manager provides education, workplace training, community service, financial and career development, and emotional/physical support so that residents can reach their goals and achieve lasting independence.
You can learn more about Shepherd’s Gate including volunteer opportunities at www.shepherdsgate.org.
St. Mary’s Center
For over 40 years, St. Mary’s Center has served extremely poor seniors in West Oakland through counseling, shelter, nutrition, advocacy, and social support. In addition, St. Mary’s Center offers a preschoool for neighborhood children.
St. Mary’s Center will apply your St. Joan Charities Fund donations to helping at-risk seniors with psychiatric care, food, recovery programs, health and well-being classes, transitional housing, and education.
You can learn more about St. Mary’s Center including volunteer opportunities at www.stmaryscenter.org.
Parish Contact and past St. Mary’s Center Board Member and currently on Governance Committee on Special Project: Nadine Durant.
St. Vincent de Paul
St. Vincent de Paul at St. Joan of Arc helps our immediate neighbors that ask for financial help with food, gas, clothing, furniture, rent, utilities, vehicle repair, medication, and accommodations. We also leverage federal, state, and local resources to help pull our local clients out of poverty.
Despite an improving economy, the demand for assistance with rent, utilities, and auto repairs by our clients continues to grow. Much of our funds come from special plate collections on the months with five Sundays, but are not enough to meet these growing needs. Your donations will help us serve our local clients.
You can learn more about St. Vincent de Paul in Contra Costa County including volunteer opportunities at https://www.svdp-cc.org/.
Parish Contact and President of the St. Joan of Arc St. Vincent de Paul Conference: Bill Hurley.