The Lazarus Ministry

Lazarus Ministry Food for Families in Lee Road Motels

  • October 24 – 8-11 am
  • November 7  - 8-11 am
  • November 24 (in conjunction with SMM Thanksgiving Store) – 11:30 am – 1 pm

Now more than ever, many in our community need all nature of support, not the least of which is food. The Lazarus Ministry needs a large number of Parishioner volunteers to deliver hundreds of boxes of food to the Lee Road Area.

You can use the following sign-up link to volunteer for any of the dates on which you can help by choosing one of the options below:

  1. Any Task - If you do not have a preference for the type of involvement (transportation or distribution) but can volunteer, this would be the place to sign up.
  2. Transportation - If you prefer to transport the food from the origination site to InTown, sign-up in this column.
  3. Distribution at Intown - If you can help distribute food at InTown, sign-up in this column.

Food distribution will take place at InTown Suites on Lee Road or in the Rosemont Center near Lockwood. We intend to serve families living in all the Lee Road hotels. We are likely to need at least 30 volunteers for each event to be successful!

If you are not comfortable using an online sign-up sheet but want to volunteer, or you have any other questions, you may email [email protected] or call Tom Gawronski at 407-409-8935 with your preference.

These three opportunities are made possible by different partner groups including Southeastern Produce Council,  Catholic Charities, and St Margaret Mary a Store. As usual, we are also working with the Winter Park Neighborhood Center Families.

Thanks to the generosity of St Margaret Mary Parishioners, on August 19, we were able to provide children living with their families in InTown Suites on Lee Road with a week's worth of socks, underwear, and facemasks to go along with the school supplies provided in a backpack by the Winter Park Neighborhood Center for Families. The donation response was such that we were also able to give Lake Weston Elementary over 100 face masks to distribute to students.

With the help of parishioners and the SMM kitchen staff, we also restarted meal distribution to InTown Suites during August. For the three weeks we provided meals, we served 164 people and 51 families.

Look for future updates regarding plans for future support for these families.

The food delivery to the InTown Suites (Lee Road motel) has been going on all summer and was extended until schools open. The SMM Lazarus Ministry would like to thank the parishioners who are distributing  the food until August 21:  Janet Galvin, Joyce and John Rowland, Sandra Cuba, Virginia Pfeiffer, Jodie Ploessl, Terry Schmidt, Steve and Ester Lincort, Betsy Swart, and Tom Gawronski (Coordinator). Special thanks to Al who has heroically cooked and packed the meals;  and to Karen Sims and the Winter Park Neighborhood.