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Ministry of Love shares Back-to-School Backpacks and Smiles!

On a very hot day in August, our long-time volunteer, Tess Lucanie, a rising junior at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, brought a group of classmates and friends to the soup kitchen to share their love and 400 school-supplied filled backpacks with the children of the Newark community.               Tess [...]

September 8th, 2018|

Volunteer Spotlight: Charles Solimine, volunteering in his old neighborhood and parish

Recently, Charles Solimine, from St. Rose of Lima parish in Short Hills, volunteered for the first time at St. Ann’s soup kitchen. He quickly let us know that he had gone to St. Ann’s for kindergarten! The day of volunteering brought back warm memories for him, so we chatted with him about the experience: What do [...]

July 9th, 2018|

Youth Group Works Hard to Make the Soup Kitchen Shine

The Youth Group from the First Presbyterian Church of Branchville, led by Pastor Jeff Hatch, spent two days volunteering at St. Ann’s Soup Kitchen last month. Franciscan Charities was the first stop for the 14 students who were participating in a nearly week-long Work Camp.   Pastor Jeff had been at the soup kitchen exactly 10 [...]

July 10th, 2017|

A Circle of Giving

Tricia Mullaney first met Guerline Jean-Pierre, a home health aide of Haitian descent, in 2004. At that time, Tricia’s ailing father, Thomas, was placed in Hospice care. Mary Jane, Tricia's mother, had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's in 2000. Tricia said, "Guerline outlasted all care givers that came and went with my dad who was home [...]

March 12th, 2017|

Teen Volunteer Brings Innovative Solution for Girls to Soup Kitchen

This July, our Soup Kitchen welcomed back long-time volunteer Olivia, a rising senior at Verona High School. Olivia has been coming to the kitchen for many years, volunteering for a variety of our programs. Now a teenager, she wanted to take on a more independent role and focused her attention on our Literacy Program. By doing so, she formed a [...]

July 29th, 2016|