A Project of the Outreach Ministries of the Southern Tier
Our parishes operate a mobile shower unit with provides safe facilities for the less-fortunate in our area. Those in need are given a shower, a fresh set of clothes, and a hot meal. We also offer such services a s podiatry, a mobile medical unit, case workers, hairstylists, and others.
Showers run every week throughout the year on Thursdays from 11:30am-1:30pm behind the St. Patrick’s Parish Hall
Let’s Restore Dignity and Self-Worth: Our Story
Pope Francis designed 2016 as the Year of Mercy. At a joint Parish Council meeting of St. Patrick’s and St. Thomas Aquinas during that Year of Mercy, the idea of showers for the homeless came about as a result of Pope Francis constructing a spot in St. Peter’s Square where the homeless were provided with a shower and a haircut. We began to research the idea and found that some cities were offering this service with a mobile unit. The idea of such a unit appealed to us as we could move it to the various locations where there was a need. We introduced the idea to the parishes, which supported it enthusiastically, and we received additional support from the local government agencies and churches of other denominations.
To learn more about Showers of Hope and how you can help, call 607-723-3239, please leave a message and phone number and someone will get back to you.