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SR ACRY Mission Trip To St. Herman's House in Cleveland, OH (8/15/16)

Following in the footsteps of Sts Cyril and Methodios, and demonstrating in concrete action their renewed commitment to hands on missionary work, the National Senior ACRY organized a mission and service weekend at St. Herman's House of Hospitality in Cleveland, Ohio from Friday Aug 12 - Sunday August 14, 2016. The team was comprised of officers and members of the ACRY, Priests and other Diocesan faithful who assisted with the work of this phenomenal Orthodox Christian Outreach to the disadvantaged of the greater Cleveland Ohio area.

Team members included, Kevin Coffman, National SR ACRY President; Sub-deacon Daniel Coffman, ACRY Ambassador, Michael Demas of St. Nicholas Parish in Warren, Ohio and Nikolai Hubiak of Christ The Saviour Parish in North Royalton, Ohio. They were joined by Protopresbyter Ken Bachofsky, Dean of the Youngstown Deanery, Fr. Nicholas Mihaly of Christ The Saviour Parish in North Royalton, Ohio and Protopresbyter Peter Paproski, National SR ACRY Spiritual Advisor.

The mission trip concluded with the team's participation in Divine Liturgy at our nearby Diocesan Christ the Saviour Parish in North Royalton, Ohio.

The St. Herman House - FOCUS Cleveland is an Orthodox Christian house of hospitality committed to serving the homeless and needy poor of Ohio City and Inner City Cleveland in a spirit of love and hospitality. It has been in operation since September of 1977. St. Herman’s is solely owned and operated by FOCUS North America which conducts outreach centers and programs in 30 cities around the country. As an expression of Christ’s love, FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter.

Faced with low wages and rising food, housing, utility, and health care costs, thousands of children go to bed hungry each night, evicted families are homeless, millions are jobless, and even more feel hopeless. In a land where resources are so plentiful, it is unacceptable that so many children, adults, and senior citizens experience such staggering need and insecurity. Restoring their dignity takes more than handouts. Through FOCUS, Orthodox Christians are coming together as a national movement to transform people’s lives and offer a real hope to the hopeless here at home, in America

Out of all US cities, Cleveland has the second highest rate of residents living below the poverty line, 36%. At a time when few to no services were available in the Cleveland area, St. Herman House was founded to meet the pressing needs of the underserved in our community. To this day, the St. Herman House continues to provide essential services, transforming the lives of many who come through their door.

For more information about the good works of St. Herman's house check out their website at www.sthermans.com.
St Herman's House of Hospitality
The Mission Team
These team members helped prepare for the evening meal.
Food preparation
Preparing plates of food for the residents and guests.
Generous portions of food are always served.
The daily schedule at St. Herman's
The beautiful chapel, the heartbeat of the mission.
St Herman of Alaska, the patron saint of the House of Hospitality.
The prayer garden on the grounds of St. Herman's provides the residents and guests with a peaceful place to rest and pray outside of the hot sun.
The prayer garden.
The prayer garden
One of the work projects was tending to the mission's gardens.
Fr. Ken working in the garden.
Executive director, Paul Finley gave a presentation to the team about the work of St. Herman's House and FOCUS North America.
Paul explained that over 82,000 meals were served in 2015!
National SR ACRY President Kevin Coffman presented Director Paul Finley with a donation in the amount of $750.00 on behalf of the SR ACRY.
The mission concludes with attendance at Divine Liturgy at Christ the Saviour Parish in nearby North Royalton, Ohio