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House of Mercy to Recognize First “World Day of the Poor”

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HOM1The House of Mercy, an anti-poverty mission and homeless shelter, will hold a series of events in response to Pope Francis’ call for organizations to commemorate the first “World Day of the Poor” on Nov. 19.

The organization plans to recognize the plight of the poor in Rochester, in partnership with St. Joseph’s House of Hospitality.

According to officials, the disenfranchised members of the community the House of Mercy serves have been instrumental in helping plan the events, which include the following:

  • A winter clothing collection – The organization is encouraging residents to donate winter coats, hats, gloves and boots for the poor. The House of Mercy will collect donated items Saturday, Nov. 18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • A community meal – The public is invited to a community meal on Sunday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. House of Mercy founder Sister Grace Miller will discuss the volunteer roles underserved members of the community have played at the organization since its founding in 1985, and the group will also give special recognition to a longtime volunteer who has cooked more than 50,000 meals over a 20-year period of time.

Both events will take place at the House of Mercy, located at 285 Ormond St., and the organization’s additional events will include tours of the House of Mercy’s new building, a candle vigil and prayer night, and a gospel choir and talent night.

“House of Mercy has served people in need for more than 30 years,”  Sister Grace Miller stated. ‘We are delighted that Pope Francis has established a world day dedicated exclusively to the poor. As the Pope stated in establishing this day, ‘The poor are not a problem: they are a resource from which to draw as we strive to accept and practice in our lives the essence of the gospel.’ This is especially critical in Rochester, N.Y., where thousands of people struggle with extreme poverty and homelessness.”

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