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COVID emergency outreach at OLA

Breaking news!
Deacon John Tullius (formerly of OLA) has put out a call for donations to the food pantry at St. Madeleine's in Pomona. I have arranged for a collection this Saturday morning, May 9, from 9 to 11 a.m., to assist him. The event specifics are as follows:
 
-  Drop off at Auditorium
   Saint Madeline Catholic Church
   931 East Kingsley Avenue
   Pomona, CA 91767 
   Deacon John Tillius, (909) 576-6275  
 
-  Items needed:
   bags of rice
   bags of dry beans
   canned beans
   canned vegetables
   pasta
   pasta sauce
   bread
   cereals
   any other canned goods
   boxed, canned or plastic contained non-refrigerated drinks 
 
Thank you again for any assistance you can offer to this ministry!
 
Tony Soto, OLA Community Meals Chair
 
An excellent Emergency Outreach Ministry sprang up at OLA thanks to the inspiration of Loretta Bowen. OLA volunteers are reaching out to our parishioners, asking if they need  assistance in running errands or securing groceries, due to the public directive to stay home.
  • Neomi Torres directed the parish office to compile a list of any registered parishioner who was over the age of 70.  We extracted their names and phone numbers onto a Google Spreadsheet; approximately 842 Parishioners were to be called. 
  • The spreadsheet was divided up into groups of 20 parishioners, and assigned to volunteers from the Fellowship of Catholic Christian Women (FCCW).  Coordinators were Lorreta Bowen, Neomi Torres at the OLA office, and Lynne Stella of OLA Bereavement Ministry, 
  • As a result, many parishioners were comforted by these calls and assured that OLA was indeed thinking and praying for them. 
  • To date, about six to ten couples took up the offer for our volunteers to go out and help parishioners in need secure groceries.  We have about a half-dozen parishioners (of the appropriate age group!) who have assisted in this way. 
  • Next week, follow-up calls will be made to check in again on people to be certain all is well.
  • If you know of anyone (parishioner or not) who needs assistance or would be willing to help people in need, please Email Dcn Jim Allgaier or call (909) 736-7678 (or 909-626-3596 ext 4216). He and Loretta Bowen will coordinate our response. 
 
In addition, due to the generosity of parishioners, OLA was able to give a full trailer load of dried goods and groceries to both Uncommon Good and to the Volunteers of America outlets to assist our brothers and sisters in need. 
  • We ask that anyone wishing to make further donations to bring their appropriate groceries (dried goods, canned goods, etc) to the parish office from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and drop them in the grocery basket located there. 
  • These non-perishable goods will be transferred into the Knights of Columbus food trailer for donation to appropriate organizations.  
  • If you have any questions or needs, please
  • o needs assistance or would be willing to help people in need, please Email Dcn Jim Allgaier  or call 909-736-7678. Or 909-626-3596 ext 4216