Social Concerns Team

Social Concerns Committee

Left to Right, Front Row: Tonia Land, Scot Peil, Chris Rourick Back Row: Paul Carlson, Bruce Mehlhop, Nancy Deranleau, Fr. Larry Hoffmann Not Pictured: Kathy Goetz, Dn. Dan McGuire, Eva Moritz

Left to Right, Front Row: Tonia Land, Scot Peil, Chris Rourick
Back Row: Paul Carlson, Bruce Mehlhop, Nancy Deranleau, Fr. Larry Hoffmann
Not Pictured: Kathy Goetz, Dn. Dan McGuire, Eva Moritz

Purpose Statement of Social Concerns

To lead St. Luke’s parish in understanding the physical and material needs and the social injustices of our local, rural, and global community, and to encourage our parish members to engage in service of those needs, as we become the manifestation of Christ’s hands and feet to those we serve.

Tithe of the Tithe

Each month, St. Luke’s tithes 10% of the tithing to charities. Social Concerns determines where the tithing goes every other month. Click here to find out where YOUR money goes.

Family Promise (formerly Interfaith Hospitality Network)

Each night in Polk County, over 400 adults and children in families are homeless; half are children. The impact of losing a home is traumatic, especially for children. The resulting instability creates insecurity, worry, low self-esteem, and difficulty focusing in school and studying.

Family Promise strives to create a safe, stable and nurturing environment for the children as well as to support the efforts of their parents in securing employment and housing.  This is accomplished through a network of 13 area religious congregations, who provide shelter and nutritious meals for one week every three months.  During their host week, volunteers from the congregation create a home-like atmosphere where guests can receive what they need: rest, hope, respect, confidence boosting and a sense of control in their lives.

Each quarter, St. Luke’s partners with Our Lady’s Immaculate Heart Church to provide support for Family Promise.

Click here to learn more.

2017 Activity Calendar

Click here for the 2017 Social Concerns Activity Calendar

2016 Projects

  • This summer the Social Concerns Committee has helped the following organizations:
  • Habitat for Humanity – organized a work crew with the Knights of Columbus and got volunteers to help make lunches for 25 people; two Saturdays, one June 18, the other in August.
  • Family Promise - assisted OLIH house homeless families in the Family Promise program for a week in July.
  • Bread for the World - advocated for the hungry by mailing letters to Bread for the World.
  • Project Fresh Start – organized a reverse collection of school supplies for needy families in Ankeny. Supplies will be collected until Sunday, July 24.

2015 PROJECTS

2015 March Sock and Underwear Collection - Social Concerns.jpg
  • Catholic Charities Sock Saturday and Undie Sunday Drive
  • Men’s underwear: 55 pairs
  • Men’s socks: 112 pairs
  • Women’s underwear: 34 pairs
  • Women’s socks: 85 pairs
  • Kid’s underwear: 223 pairs
  • Kid’s socks: 258 pairs

2014 PROJECTS

  • Year-long Adoption of St. Joseph’s Shelter: projects included parish involvement in raising funds for bus tokens, kitchen items, personal care items, cleaning kits and providing a monthly meal to the shelter guests.
  • Habitat Build
  • Bread for the World Letter Campaign
  • Lenten Project (SNAP Food/Rice Bowls)
  • Coordinating St. Luke’s involvement with Family Promise at OLIH (formerly called Interfaith Hospitality Network)
  • School Supply Reverse Collection
  • Catholic Worker House Meal
  • Advent Project (Angel Tree)

Be a part of the Social Concerns Team

Social Concerns meets each month for approximately 1 ½ hours. The team typically meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. Please look in the bulletin for exact meeting dates.