It started with a knock on the door at Resident Home’s Garber Road home by Montgomery County Commissioner Dan Foley. He was not there in his role as Commissioner, but as friend to the men at Garber and to all those served by Resident Home and Choices In Community Living. He and his family enjoy our annual Fish Fry and he has served as a judge at Choices’ Talent Show. When he knocked on the door at Garber, it was to invite the men to attend the monthly Dorothy Day Luncheon held at Precious Blood Church.
Not only do the Garber men now enjoy the fellowship, worship, entertainment and luncheon on the last Sunday of each month, they have been joined by the ladies of Resident Home’s Elru home. They are always excited about the chance to win some raffle prizes at the end of each luncheon.
More than 25 volunteers from Precious Blood, as well as children from the Sunday School classes, help serve the luncheon and make sure that 75-100 guests from the community have a wonderful time enjoying good food and making new friends. Brown’s Nursery donates home-grown vegetables, with corn on the cob a favorite of the guests. Carl’s favorite thing about the monthly activity is the music, while Thomasine really enjoys the lunch – “the food is really good!” Joan likes how everyone is made to feel welcome and the people who come together to enjoy lunch and all the activities.
Precious Blood has been hosting the Dorothy Day Luncheon for ten years, in honor of the ministry of Dorothy Day to the homeless and social justice. Born in New York City on 1897, she was a writer, editor and social reformer. She helped establish several Catholic settlement houses, with 200 of those communities still active across the United States today and in 20 communities abroad. She also founded The Catholic Worker, a newspaper that promoted Catholic teachings while tackling social issues of the day.
Her legacy of reaching out to make communities more accepting and welcoming lives on in the monthly luncheons at Precious Blood, where our residents are among the very grateful recipients of her faith and service.