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COLD EMERGENCY: Catholics rush to respond as freezing temperatures increase risk to homeless


Under a tall railroad bridge in St. Charles County, a couple revealed a small tent stuffed nearly full with blankets. It's been their home for the past five months, but life in a tent has become unbearable in the recent freezing temperatures.

They have enough money for one more night at a hotel, but after that — well, they aren't sure.

"You just have to bundle up," the man said as he looked through a box of snack items in the back of a van operated by Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service's Street Outreach team. The ministry visited the area, helping people find a warm place to stay.

Connecting with those in need is heart of service at Duchesne

Duchesne High School student Renaye Mueller stacked donated toilet paper at the school. The toilet paper drive is a competition between Duchesne and St. Dominic High School and benefits Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service.

Before the start of each school day during Catholic Schools Week, students at Duchesne High lined up in front of the campus ministry office with toilet paper in hand.

It may sound like a strange task, but service was at the heart of their motivation. This is the second year Duchesne has engaged in a friendly competition with neighboring St. Dominic High School in O'Fallon to collect packages of toilet paper for Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, which provides charitable services in St. Charles, Lincoln, and Warren counties.

New street outreach helps homeless men find housing

Homeless and living in a well-worn minivan on a shopping center parking lot where he works, Kevin Wolden was dealing with mental health issues stemming from some rough patches in his life.

Reluctant to accept charity, Wolden swallowed his pride and called Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service in St. Charles for help in getting housing. Andre Wise, a social worker with the agency's new homeless outreach program, set up a time to meet Wolden on the parking lot to assess his situation.

'Miracle on McClay' gives hope to needy families at Christmas

Bob Ruhland, a volunteer with the Adopt-A-Family program at Sts. Joachim and Ann Care Service, carried a box of Christmas presents being delivered to a family as part of the group’s annual Christmas service project Dec. 14 at St. Charles Community College in Cottleville. Photo by Sid Hastings

In the gymnasium at St. Charles Community College, a sea of boxes -- filled with brightly wrapped presents, food and basic necessities -- were numbered and lined in perfect order as they waited for their recipients. Outside, rows of bicycles and a pile of new Christmas trees were poised and ready to go.

Just before 8 on an overcast Sunday morning, the cars started to arrive. Six cars every five minutes. Some people were welled with tears; others hugged volunteers as the thought sank in that this was going to be a good Christmas after all.

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