Acts of Generosity through St. Martin's during COVID-19
April 8, 2020
St. Martin's is showcasing its generosity in the midst of COVID-19! Here are some of the ways that our ministries and parishioners have been working to help others. Read below to see where you can join in, or let the Rev. Jarrett Kerbel know your other ideas.
- $1,000 for Kidz Meals on Wheels in Germantown - serving families with school-aged children with packed lunches, especially families who cannot participate in the Grab and Go breakfast and lunch program of the Philly Public Schools.
- $2,000 to the neighborhood feeding program at St. James School.
- $5,000 to the SHARE Food Program based in Hunting Park and Roxborough. The Share team is working 7 days/week, 14 hours per day to mobilize and mount an expansive response to COVID-19. They have nearly tripled their volume of food deliveries, going beyond their existing network of 350 regional food cupboards to include 40 “supersites” they’re helping to operate in conjunction with the City of Philadelphia. As of this writing, these sites are providing 32,000 boxes of food, during two weekly distributions. Share’s daily deliveries of nourishing sustaining food are essential for the health and well-being of children, seniors, and working families as schools remain closed across the Commonwealth, families face lost wages, and recently extended “shelter in place” orders further restrict food access for low-income individuals.
SUPPER at St. Martin's redirected end February, March, and April grocery money, since those meals were cancelled, in the amount of $1,000 to the Rector's Discretionary Fund to aid parishioners most in need.
- Make Masks for Hospitals: Jane Good is coordinating sewers to make masks that medical workers wear to extend the lives of their N95 masks. At least 5 members are working on masks. Contact Jane to get involved!
- The Rector will be organizing volunteer opportunities at SHARE Food Program. SHARE needs volunteers to pack boxes for homebound seniors. Stay tuned for more on this. Email the Rector if you would like to go with a group once a week to help out. Must be 18+.
- SHARE needs people to "Stop, Drop, and Roll" - i.e. deliver food packages to the doorsteps of seniors. Consult the volunteer section of their website.
- We continue to collect food for St. Luke's and St. James School on the porch of the Parish House. We are also collecting GIFT CARDS for Acme or ShopRite for the residents of St. Barnabas House, a shelter for women and children run by Episcopal Community Services. If you are using a food delivery service, order extra and send it our way or order gift cards online and mail them to us!
Finally, many thanks to Hyacinth Wood for arranging take-home school supply kits for students of Houston School on Allen's Lane through the National Honor Society at Imhotep High School.
The Rev. Jarrett KerbelRector
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The Rev. Jarrett Kerbel was educated at Northwestern University, the University of Chicago and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained Priest in 1995 in Danville, Pennsylvania where he worked as a Hospital Chaplain and a Head Start teacher. Pastoral positions followed at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Flossmoor, Illinois, St. Paul and the Redeemer in Chicago, and then Rector at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge, Illinois. After following his wife, the Rev. Dr. Alison Boden, to her new position in Princeton, New Jersey, he was called to be the Executive Director of the Crisis Ministry of Mercer County. The largest food pantry and the gateway agency for Homelessness Prevention services in Mercer County, the Crisis Ministry also runs a Welfare to Work program and an innovative free farmers market. Jarrett became Rector of St. Martin’s in February 2011. He formerly served as the co-chair of Philadelphians Organized to Witness Empower and Rebuild (POWER). Jarrett serves as Dean of the Wissahickon Deanery and is an Associate of the Order of the Holy Cross. He is an Adjunct Professor at Princeton Theological Seminary where he co-teaches a regular class on Faith Based Community Organizing, Theology and Practice. Jarrett has been published in Sojourners, the Huffington Post, Yours the Power, and the Journal of Public Theology. He is the father of two children, Timothy and Martha.