Social Concerns Committee
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.
2017 Activity Calendar
- 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.
- 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
- 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.