The Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, in cooperation with Gannon University, hosted the 26th Annual SSJ Thanksgiving Dinner at Gannon University on Thanksgiving Day. More than 100 volunteers prepared, served or delivered more than 800 meals to persons who were alone or in need on the holiday. Additionally, more than 700 donors supported the Sisters’ efforts through financial gifts and food donations and made the dinner possible.
This year’s fund surpassed $50,000 in donations. Funds in excess of the cost of the dinner are shared with area social service agencies including shelters and food banks that provide resources throughout the year. On Sunday, January 11, 2015, the Sisters hosted a liturgy and continental breakfast for representatives from these agencies and presented them with checks from the fund. Over thirty agencies received donations.
This year, the annual “Peter Lyons’ Thanksgiving Giving Back” $500 gift was presented to the SSJ Neighborhood Network. This gift was established to recognize Peter Lyons for his role in starting the dinner with Sister Theresa Marie Bohren, SSJ, 25 years ago at his restaurant, the Marketplace Grill.This year, in addition to the “Peter Lyons’ Thanksgiving Giving Back” gift, we asked Gannon University/Metz Culinary to select an organization to give an additional $500 to. This gift of $500 was presented to L’Arche of Erie.
SSJ Neighborhood Network
Receives $20,000 Grant for
St. Paul’s Soup Kitchen
The SSJ Neighborhood Network will receive a $20,000 grant from Walmart as a result of its holiday giving contest. This grant will be used to purchase a dishwasher, as the soup kitchen currently doesn’t have one, and other needed appliances such as freezers and stoves.
The contest will also award $20,000 to 75 food pantries and soup kitchens across the country to be used for infrastructure and equipment. The SSJ Neighborhood Network was one of three organizations in Pennsylvania to receive the grant.