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    Together Baton Rouge is looking for volunteers for the Mobile Pantry in Scotlandville. It is scheduled for July 9, 2016 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church 1565 Curtis Street, Baton Rouge 70807. Curtis Street is one block north of Harding Blvd. Volunteer parking entrance is on the north side Harding Blvd across from McDonald’s before you get to Scenic Hwy. You will see Immaculate Conception sign at the entrance. We ask volunteers to report at 7:45am. Fliers will be available at the Social Justice table for this event to distribute to those who can benefit from our pantry. For more information contact Bobby Thompson at numbernine@cox.net or (225) 939-1564.

      Baton Rouge Area Alcohol and Drug Center has been selected to receive our shared offering for July. BRAADC is a non-profit in-patient detoxification center that operates 24 hour a day, 7 days a week, with a capacity of 24 beds for those individuals who are 18 years or older and who have used drugs and/or alcohol within the last 7 days.  Conceived as a charitable non-profit agency in 1972, currently funded by the City-Parish of East Baton Rouge, Capital Area Human Services District, Capital Area United Way, and private donors. Their aim is to serve the entire state of Louisiana with a focus on the Greater Baton Rouge Area. 1819 Florida Boulevard, Baton Rouge LA 70802.  

      Dialogue on Race concludes,Tuesday, July 5, 6:30pm, R1 off the Fellowship Hall. For more information, Bobby Thompson at numbernine@cox.net or 225 939-1564.

      Our next Social Justice Team meeting August 21 12:45pm                             Bobby Thompson, Social Justice Director July 1, 2016

      One of the important areas encompassed in Outreach is service to the community, and we participate in service projects throughout the year.  Many thanks to the volunteers pictured in our July newsletter who served at the Holy Grill on behalf of our church in early June in this food program provided by the Interfaith Federation of Greater Baton Rouge.

      Our community service for July is All Church, in which members can be "hands on " volunteers in two projects; or contribute elements or make a monetary donation toward one of the projects, as follows:

 Thursday, July 21:  Provide a menu item and serve the lunch meal at the Sweet Dreams Shelter for Women and Children, 11 am - 12pm.  Anyone can volunteer to prepare an item, but only women can serve. Sign-up will begin on July 3.  Sign-up sheets will include information regarding the menu, and the quantity of specific menu item chosen to prepare.  Look for sign-up sheet at the Book Table. 

 Thursday, July 28:  Prepare  "Bags of Hope," a brown bag snack or evening meal for residents at St. Vincent de Paul Shelters and the homeless. "Bags" will be prepared from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the St. Vincent de Paul dining room. Signup for 12 volunteers will begin Sunday, July 3.  Children over 12 with a parent are welcome. 

Sundays - July 3, 10, and 17:  (1) Contribute elements for "Bags of Hope:  Individual snack packs of potato chips, cookies, cheese or peanut butter crackers, or pretzels - which can be purchased in packages of 10-12 in super markets; or in larger variety packs at Sam's or Costco.  Place contributions in the Food Cart in the narthex. (2) Make a contribution toward the purchase of bulk packages. Email rcureau@cox.net or speak to Becky Cureau at church regarding monetary donations by check or cash.

 Becky Cureau, Outreach Director, July 1, 2016