Catholic Franciscan Volunteer Service Experience for Post-Graduate Young Adults | Syracuse, New York

Simon feeds the poor of the streets

February 10, 2014

Recently one of our FC15 volunteers in Costa Rica, Simon Pearson, began working part-time at a Hogar el Buen Samaritano which is a shelter for homeless men in the center of the city of Alajuela, Costa Rica.  The shelter was started 20 years ago by a small group of young adults who, with the help of their parish priest, decided to do something tangible for the poor. Today they feed, shelter and love many of Alajuela’s poor. Not only do they restore these men phyically, but also emotionally and spiritually.

Last week we received this wonderful email from Simon:

We got a big bread donation the other day– more that we could have used– and decided to literally go out into the streets and give it away. We made a huge batch of coffee, loading it into a shopping cart with the bread, and walked around for 1.5 hours in the centro, feeding any homeless or poor that we could find. What a beautiful ministry– these are such excellent people here, and I am so excited to continue this work.

It is indeed a beautiful ministry and so grateful to have Simon serving at Hogar el Buen Samaritano.

If you would like to talk with Simon about serving the poor for a year, just contact us here at FrancisCorps and we will help you connect with him.

A guest of the Hogar, Friar Rick, Sister Caryn, Simon in the rear and another guest.

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