Helping Other People in Emergency (H.O.P.E.)
What is HOPE?
Helping Other People in Emergency (H.O.P.E.) is a group of concerned people who are willing to help others. We serve anyone living within the boundaries of St. Katharine’s Parish. Our experience indicates that it definitely is needed. All of us have or will be faced with emergencies at some time, and in our transient society, there are fewer family members available to help us. While there may be neighbors we can count on, situations may arise where we don’t want to impose on them or feel indebted to them. HOPE provides an alternative with no questions asked. While H.O.P.E. was founded with that in mind, it has evolved into a much broader service organization.
What are volunteers asked to do?
- Drive to doctor and dental appointments, the bank, the post office.
- Prepare meals on an emergency basis.
- Do grocery shopping for shut-ins and take others to the grocery store.
- Take people to Mass on Saturday evening or Sunday morning, one Saturday or Sunday a month. (For volunteers not available on a Monday – Friday basis.)
- How is HOPE organized?
There are eight groups of volunteers who serve for one week each on a rotating basis. Each group has two co-leaders who take all calls for their week and assign the jobs to appropriate volunteers on their list after checking with them on their availability. The volunteer then confirms the details with the person making the request for service.
Please let us know as early as possible so we can make the best arrangements for you.