Families learn about plight of homeless

Maria Price, executive director of St. John Center for Homeless Men, lead a group of children in a workshop during the event. (Photo Special to The Record)

Maria Price, executive director of St. John Center for Homeless Men, lead a group of children in a workshop during the event. (Photo Special to The Record)

By Ruby Thomas, Record Staff Writer
Families involved in the Dixie Catholic Faith Formation (DiCaFF) program, which includes about 120 children, took part in a workshop last month to learn about homelessness and the ways they can help.

DiCaFF is the religious education program for children from Incarnation, St. Lawrence, Mary Queen of Peace and St. Paul churches.

During the program, the families made 150 “blessing bags” by filling gallon-size freezer bags with bottled water, granola bars, socks, gloves and toiletries.

The families are handing out the “blessing bags” to impoverished people they encounter on the streets during Advent.

“The blessing bags give families something practical they can do from the safety of their car to help those less fortunate,” said Judy Stinson, the child formation coordinator at St. Lawrence and the event’s organizer. “It’s our hope that our family workshop will help us grow in compassion during the Advent season.”

The children also took part in an activity in which they imagined being homeless and searching for a place to sleep. It was led by Maria Price, executive director of St. John Center for Homeless Men.

Adults attending the workshop heard from Deacon David Dalton, who spoke about his work to help feed homeless people at the Franciscan Kitchen. His wife, Kaye Dalton, spoke to parents about the families in Louisville living “one paycheck away” from being homeless, Stinson said.

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