The Community Clothes Closet
“For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
I was a stranger and you made me welcome,
lacking clothes and you clothed me,
sick and you visited me,
in prison and you came to see me.”
The Community Clothes Closet is a social outreach ministry of Mount Saint Peter Parish. The goal of this ministry is to provide members of our community who are in financial need with good quality clothing, footwear and hygiene items at affordable prices. The CCC ministry was developed in 2011 and is currently housed at 319 Tenth Street in New Kensington. To date we have served hundreds of our brothers and sisters from the tri-city area (New Kensington, Arnold, Lower Burrell). We seek to fulfill the gospel of Matthew by creating a positive, non-judgmental atmosphere. Our customers are given a pleasant greeting and are asked how we may help them. All items are priced at an affordable level. Prices range from 25 cents for children’s items to $3.00 for an adult’s winter coat. Personal hygiene items are available for 25 cents each. We are also able to offer truly needy customers the items they need immediately at no cost to them.
There are several different ways you can assist the Community Clothes Closet:
- Donate new or gently used clothing and footwear. Donations are accepted during regular business hours at the CCC. You may also donate during non-business hours by leaving your items in the blue donation box located in the back parking lot of the CCC.
- Donate unused personal hygiene items such as deodorant, shampoo, bar soap, liquid soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shaving cream, disposable razors, and paper products.
- Donate your time as a volunteer – you can work at the CCC as often as you want(see store hours below).
- Donate financial aid to the CCC. Your monetary donation would be used when we need to purchase a necessary item for a customer who is not able to find a specific item or size in our inventory.
- (Check payable to “Mt. St. Peter Church” mailed to office at 100 Freeport Rd., NK, PA. 15068)
- Share the information about this ministry with people in need. We welcome anyone in need to the CCC and will do our best to assist them.
- Pray for this ministry. The economy has had a negative effect on many in our community. Please keep our customers and our volunteers in your prayers.
There is a great need for this type of ministry in our community. Involvement in the Community Clothes Closet is a meaningful way to live your baptismal call. Feel free to stop by the CCC during regular business hours to meet with a volunteer and discover what this ministry is about.
The Community Clothes Closet
319 Tenth Street ~ New Kensington
Church Cleaning Crew
From the men who physically built the church to the women who scrubbed the floors on their hands and knees, there is a long tradition of dedicated parishioners who help to care for the physical plant.
Volunteers (both men and women) are always welcome to help maintain the beauty of the church by cleaning floors, pews, and furnishings on a weekly basis.
To offer your time and talents, please contact Jerry Garvey at 724-335-9877 ext. 219 or Bill Staniszewski at 724-35-9877 ext. 203.
Food Bank Volunteers
In conjunction with the Westmoreland County Food Bank, the parish food bank receives and distributes food to those in need in our local community. Volunteers receive the food, prepare it for distribution and assist in the monthly on-site distribution.
There are approximately 55 volunteers who assist with the distribution of food on the first Wednesday of each month. A special blessing is said at morning Mass for volunteers. After Mass, volunteers set up bags in Marble Hall. At 9 a.m., volunteers unload the truck from Westmoreland County Food Bank and fill the bags with the food. Volunteers eat lunch together and enjoy fellowship. Then, between 1 and 3 p.m. clients arrive, and volunteers assist them by helping carry bags to their cars. Anyone with clearances can volunteer for part of the day or the whole day.
In addition, a Trash and Treasure Sale is held each June to generate funds for dues and trucking fees. At Thanksgiving, the parish sponsors a food drive for non-perishable items, which are included in the December distribution along with a gift certificate to a local grocery store.
To volunteer to assist with the monthly distribution, please call the Parish Office at 724-335-9877. If you are in need of food, please also contact the Parish Office to receive assistance.
Soup for the Soul Ministry
To provide an act of pastoral care to those recently discharged from a hospital or nursing home by delivering a gift of home made soup from the parish.
Recognizing the need for this work of mercy, a group of volunteers met in October 2006 and offered to make the soup and coordinate the delivery of soup.
Number of Members: There are 15 members.
Meeting Frequency: An organization meeting is held once a year. Soup is made every couple of months and frozen. Deliveries occur as needed.
Meeting Location: Marble Hall
Volunteers are needed to make soup and to deliver soup. Contact Verlene Stonis: 724-337-4823.
Alle-Kiski Faith in Action
A United Way of Westmoreland County Senior Solutions Program
A program designed in partnership of interfaith, nonprofit and business communities to enhance the quality of life for citizens 60 years and older who reside in Arnold, New Kensington, Lower and Upper Burrell by providing volunteer companionship and assistance.
- Escorts to doctor appointments
- Escorts to church services
- Grocery shopping
- Referrals to other Senior resources
- Telephone reassurance calls
- Caregiver Relief
- Training provided
- Additional volunteers needed
- Assignments based on careful matching of recipients with volunteers
United Way of Westmoreland County
Women's Leadership Council
Private & Public Donations
For more information:
CALL724.224.3199Lori Sendro, Program Director
724.335.6591Maria Tallarico, Mt. St. Peter Coordinator