A Show of Faith

Two Boca-based religious organizations band together to help the needy

Assisting at-risk members of the community had been a cornerstone of the benevolent work done by St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church in east Boca Raton. One of its longtime ministries, Meals with Meaning, serves meals six days a week in St. Gregory’s parking lot.

But as the pandemic weighed heavily on people in need—and created more individuals seeking assistance—St. Gregory’s and another faith-based organization joined forces to provide an additional service. The church is collaborating with B’nai Torah Congregation’s Tzedakah, Learning and Chesed program to offer a mobile shower station, available Tuesdays and Thursdays (10 a.m. to 1 p.m.) at St. Gregory’s (100 NE Mizner Blvd.).

CareBag Inc., a nonprofit based in Port St. Lucie that specializes in mobile hygiene for the needy, provided the mobile shower unit. Those who access the mobile shower also can select from a variety of donations—including toiletries, clothes, towels and more—that are available in a small pantry.

Gena Vallee, director of Meals with Meaning and outreach coordinator at St. Gregory’s, recently told the Sun Sentinel that these new partnerships speak to a larger truth. “The connection with B’nai Torah and CareBag Inc. is not just a partnership; it is a family coming together,” Vallee said. “Just as one might find distant relatives that they never knew they had, we are discovering that our family goes beyond our church walls. … This growing family is an example of what a community can and should look like.”

6 Comments
  • frank papandrea
    Posted at 19:11h, 16 February Reply

    thank you Meals with Meaning for helping our community

  • Steve Lederman
    Posted at 19:57h, 16 February Reply

    Wonderful!

  • Gary Press
    Posted at 20:20h, 16 February Reply

    Together we can accomplish anything. I hope our politicians understand this.

  • Kevin Kaminski
    Posted at 22:58h, 16 February Reply

    Such a warm and benevolent gesture — and a much-appreciated service for at-risk individuals and people in need during the pandemic.

  • Michelle Simon
    Posted at 00:26h, 17 February Reply

    And breaking down church walls. Feels good.

  • Keren Moros
    Posted at 19:16h, 18 February Reply

    I love seeing people get together to support their communities!

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