This commission is to promote outreach programs with emphasis on social services, pro-life, social justice and community ministries, co-operating with other churches and civic organizations in projects aimed at community improvement.
This ministry provides care and support for homebound members of our Saint Leo parish community who have special needs. Members visit the sick and shut-ins and send cards and letters to the elderly and homebound.
Contact: Sister Larretta Rivera-Williams 336.724.0561
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charlotte serves the poor, vulnerable and those in need of services, regardless of race, creed or socioeconomic status. Each year, CC serves more than 18,000 people across 46 counties in the western half of NC. Please visit their website at CCDOC.org for more information and contact the Winston-Salem office to volunteer or donate: 1612 14th Street NE, 336.727.0705. Their office is open from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday through Friday.
Services include a food pantry, an infant clothing closet (Wee Care Shoppe), counseling for adults, support services for teen and young parents and their babies, services for runaway and homeless youth and youth in crisis, support services for Forsyth Technical Community College students, immigration services, Translation & Interpretation Enterprise, Family Life Services, and Social Concerns and Advocacy Services.
Food Pantry Needs:
Soup, Rice, Canned Tuna, Peanut Butter, Dry/Canned Beans, Canned Pasta, Canned Fruit, Tortillas, Jelly, Maseca Flour and Personal Care Items (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.) Please leave items in the baskets available in the church entrance or by the closet doors in the Parish Activity Center.
Creation Care Team
Calling all parishioners who have an affinity for nature and the environment! Whether it be gardening, hiking, walking, recycling, or just sitting under a tree and enjoying the outdoors, the St. Leo's Creation Care Team may be your ministry. We are currently reading and discussing Pope Francis' encyclical, Laudato Si, On Care for Our Common Home.
Upcoming Event: Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful's Big Sweep on Saturday, October 7th, from 9:00 am to 12:00 Noon (check back for location once we are assigned one). We will help clean-up the local waterways. Free lunch for volunteers and free clean-up supplies. Please join us!
Contact: Marlena Westcott
Culture of Life
A committed group of parishioners dedicated to preserving life from conception to natural death through prayer, community programs and education.
Men's Rosary Prayer Group - We invite you to join a group of men who pray the rosary each Tuesday at 12 Noon (45 minutes) on the sidewalk across from Planned Parenthood on Maplewood Avenue. We are seeking to expand our group and hopefully add an additional time/day. For additional information, please contact either John Eiffe (766-3470) or Paul Breitbach (760-3985).
Contact: Lou Valente, Sr.
Our holiday outreach program provides meals and/or gifts to families in need during the Christmas and Easter seasons.
Contact: Pam and Dan McVicker
We host quarterly Newcomers’ Breakfasts throughout the year for all our newly registered parishioners. Members also receive Welcome Bags filled with information about Saint Leo’s parish and the various opportunities to become involved.
Contact: Nicole Witten
Share in Holy Mass for the inmates of the Winston-Salem Correctional Facility one day each month.
Contact: Deacon Bob Desautels 336.724.0561
1) Men's ministry: men spend one evening each month (2nd Monday) at Samaritan Ministries serving dinner and breakfast and helping in the shelter. An overnight stay may be necessary. Minimum age is 18 years old. We currently have one St. Leo group of 6 but are looking to form a second group. Please contact Dick Egloff if you are interested.
Contact: Dick Egloff 336.722.2150 or 336.345.0507
2) Volunteer in the soup kitchen serving lunch and/or dinner.
3) Participate in the several fundraisers that Samaritan Ministries holds each year.
*See more details below and a full description of Samaritan Ministries
Samaritan Ministries has the only soup kitchen in town that opened in 1981. Our first day we served 26 people. Currently, we serve lunch to about 400 people. About 60% of the people who eat in the soup kitchen are not homeless. They're the working poor, single parents who depend on us particularly when school is out, and the elderly on fixed incomes. Our shelter opened in 1988 and can accommodate 80 homeless men. Men stay here for 90 days. During that time they're assigned a caseworker who helps them put together a plan to get back on their feet.
Fundraisers: Last year we held our first cycling event, Tour de Llama, at Divine Llama Vineyard in East Bend. After completing a 30 or 60 mile ride, participants had lunch, posed for photos with tame llama, sampled wine and relaxed. We raised about $13,000 from the event, and had 130 cyclists.
We also have a Penny Campaign in the fall. This is our signature event that raises money in the community by collecting change.
Samaritan is unique in that it's connected to real people and real things. As a volunteer, you interact and connect with people who may be very different from you, but also realize that you are not that different. It's a little bit of Pope Francis and his values right here in Winston-Salem! If you would like more information, please visit our website at www.samaritanforsyth.org.