In a city where the homeless population has been estimated
at 7,000 – 10,000 people, a group of students from
nearby Canyon Heights Academy tried to alleviate some of their
Ten boys from the local Conquest Club joined the
Missionaries of Charity in February to feed the homeless in San
Francisco. The activity was organized by Br. Emilio Mitre LC
and Br. Kevin Gillis LC, with the help of some
of the boys’ parents.
The group arrived to the Missionary of
Charity residence, where they helped prepare the food and load
the vans. Before beginning their work, the boys made a
quick visit to Jesus in the tabernacle, where they entrusted
their work and all the people they were going to
meet to the Lord.
“The sisters were not expecting such an
enthused group of young kids who energetically helped get things
ready very quickly,” said Br. Emilio. “We prepared the boys
by encouraging them in advance to treat their homeless guests
with dignity, and to look at them in the eyes
and strike a conversation, to let them know that they
cared about them.”
The group “set up shop” at a corner
of city park and waited, and those in need of
assistance arrived punctually at 3:00 pm.
Prior to beginning the meal,
one of the sisters lead a reflection about God’s love
and providential care, and then the group prayed a decade
of the Rosary and blessed God for the meal, Then
the guests lined up to receive their food.
The boys helped
distribute the pastries, desserts and drinks. One of the boys
came up with the idea to give the people in
the line their drinks while they waited.
Br. Emilio said, “Toward
the end of our time there, a homeless man came
to me and said ‘Thank you for bringing the kids.
It made this day very special.’ Another lady decided to
sing some blues for us, and she was pretty good!”
food was gone, the boys helped the sisters clean up
and parted ways.