Nine young men from Notre Dame High School in West Haven traveled to St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima School in the Fair Haven section of New Haven on January 30 to make sandwiches for homeless people residing at a local shelter.
The event was organized by Notre Dame religious studies teacher Michael Abbott and St. Francis and St. Rose first-grade teacher Jessica Jennings and sixth-grade teacher Jessie Simpson. Participating Notre Dame students are members of the Catholic Students Mission Club; the St. Francis and St. Rose students are third- through eighth-grade members of the school’s recently formed Social Justice Club.
“Having grown up in Fair Haven, I appreciate the important contribution St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima parishes and the school have made to the quality of life in their respective neighborhoods,” said Abbott. “I was delighted to hear that St. Francis-St. Rose of Lima School had established a Social Justice Club that will examine issues of concern in the community.”
He called the collaborative project a unique learning experience for the Notre Dame students.
Taryn Duncan, principal of St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima School, said students there decided to fight hunger to change their community.
"This collaboration with Notre Dame High School highlights what is best about Catholic Schools -- working together as disciples of Christ doing good in the world. Taking time out to help those in need is an important part of our Catholic mission," said Duncan. "To partner with another school that shares our same values was inspiring for our students here at St. Francis and St. Rose of Lima and for the Notre Dame students. I look forward to creating more opportunities for our two schools to come together on future projects,”
Notre Dame High School provided what was needed to make the sandwiches. The program began with a prayer and reflection led by the Notre Dame students.
The sandwiches were delivered to Immanuel Baptist Shelter on Grand Avenue.