St. Gabriel’s Episcopal Church in Cherry Hills Village held their annual workday on February 17th and invited Good Shepherd to join them. The beauty of this work day is that the people of St. Gabriel’s plan the day and the only thing the Good Shepherd people need to do is show up and work. It is a great way to spend ½ day working on a variety of outreach projects.
St. Gabriel’s works with four projects: St. Francis Center, Metro Caring, St. Elizabeth’s School, and a Metro Caring project at St. Gabriel’s Church. You pick the project you would like to work for the morning. The schedule looks like this:
8:00 AM – arrive at St. Gabriel’s
8:30 AM – leave for your worksite (St. Gabriel’s people provide transportation)
9:00 – 11:00 – work at the work site, including a tour and explanation of the ministry.
11:00 AM – Leave the worksite and travel back to St. Gabriel’s
11:30 AM – leave for home or enjoy a lunch at St. Gabriel’s
12:00 PM – leave for home if you had lunch
This year JoAnn Schomerus and I were the only two participants from Good Shepherd. We both went to Metro Caring and were very impressed with work that this organization does. The facility is located at 18th and Downing in downtown Denver and offers a wonderful food market, nutrition training, cooking education, job training, ID assistance, and utilities assistance. All the services and the food are free to clients and they serve the entire Metro area. New clients have a sign-up appointment and then can decide the services they need, Metro Caring’s primary area of outreach is providing food to the community.
Metro Caring is open five days a week from 9:30 AM to 3 PM and Tuesday evenings. We worked with flour and graham flour to place the two flours in smaller bags for the clients. We also had a wonderful tour and explanation of the facilities and the Ministry. Metro Caring was founded by five Churches in downtown Denver and has continued to be supported by many more Churches in downtown Denver.
Hopefully, next year Good Shepherd will have a larger turnout for the work day. The work day is always the Saturday after Ash Wednesday and is a wonderful Lent project for adults and children. In 2019 the Work day will be March 9th.