community outreachSt. Charles of Brazil parish continues it's outreach program each month providing "home-cooked" dinner for 100-125 men who are currently homeless and living at the Westside Men's Shelter and Resource Center, located on the campus of Spring Grove Hospital Center.

We are asking that parishioners bring donations of

  • Large cans of Short-Cut Green Beans

  • Large cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup

  • Boxed Instant Mashed Potatoes

  • Foil Pans

We will also need donations of ground beef (or cash to purchase) so that on the Tuesday evening before the THIRD WEDNESDAY we gather in the kitchen of the Westside Men's Shelter at 55 Wade Ave., Catonsville, MD 21228 to prepare Shepherd's Pie. The ground beef can be brought to church on the Sunday before we cook.

The Westside Shelter has been running for over 10+ years under the sponsorship of Baltimore County and the Lazarus Caucus, a coalition of churches in Southwest Baltimore County. The shelter has evolved from a winter-only shelter to a year-round facility that houses and feeds approximately 80-100 men at any given time. No food is provided from County funding, so ALL of the meals (3x365) are provided by area churches.

Homelessness is an enormous (and growing) problem in our area that effects many men, women and children. This is our way of contributing to the care of those who are in need.

Here is a story that appeared in the Catonsville Times.



  1. 3rd Wednesday of each month

  2. 7:30 pm Tuesday before meet to prepare meal of Sheperd's Pie

  3. In the kitchen of the Westside Men's Shelter

  4. Ongoing need for
  • Canned Short-Cut Green Beans
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Instant Mashed Potatoes
  • Ground Beef
  • Foil Pans

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