Sister BJ’s Pantry
“Our mission is that of being of immediate but effective service to the homeless in all their needs, material and spiritual, until they can find some others who can help them in a better and more lasting way.”
Sister BJ’s Pantry, named after its visionary Sister Barbara Joseph, and opened March 3, 2006. The pantry currently serves over 400 men, women, and children a week. Anyone in need is welcome. Pantry patrons include people who are without shelter and many who are struggling with poverty and loneliness. Some are struggling with addictions or with mental illness. Most have suffered degradation through their lifestyle or through experiences with community or family. People do not have to sign their names when coming to the pantry. There is no application, survey, or registration to complete in order to participate in the life of community at the pantry. Jesus Christ says He has “come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.” That abundant life is for everyone. It is the hope of Sister Barbara Joseph and her fellow-workers that all who come to the pantry experience the God-given dignity and value in being human, created in the image and likeness of God.