S.H.I.P. (Samaritan Homeless Interim Program) sponsors the SHIP’s Galley lunch at St. John’s every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30 pm.
Established in the fall of 1992, SHIP’s Galley is a service provided as a response to the constant need for on-site meals to feed the hungry in the greater Somerville area. It is operated through the efforts of a variety of faith communities and other volunteers. The purpose is to provide a nutritious meal to any person in need regardless of age, race, creed, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, residence, income level or any other qualification. Our “open door” policy means that anyone is welcome to partake of this service.
St. John’s assignment for SHIP’s Galley is always the second Wednesday of the month. Those who come to eat on our day have said how much they look forward it, as they enjoy the variety of dishes and choices available. This is a small but welcome pleasure for folks who have not had many choices available to them. Here, they receive not only nourishment for their bodies, but also an hour of fellowship and rest in a safe place.
Thank you to all those who supply the food, and to everyone who volunteers to serve it. We have had many wonderful years serving those in need and, with God’s blessing and your help, we will continue to do so. We encourage anyone interested in helping with this ministry to add your name to the volunteer list: a sign-up sheet on the outreach bulletin board in the Parish Hall. and make your favorite casserole or dish to share with those who come to the Soup Kitchen. Remember that the sign-up sheet contains suggestions, but if anyone has a favorite they would like to make, please feel free to do so. Just write it in on the sheet. This support is truly a generous out-reach by the parishioners of St. John’s.
If you have any questions about St. John’s participation in SHIP’s Galley, please stop by on our day and ask for Dot Spolarich, or call the parish office for other contact information.