When The Peter Maurin Center was opened, the vision was to build a place where folks went from being invisible and marginalized to being welcomed, relevant and part of a community. We planned on offering a drink of juice or coffee, provide a simple meal of soup or a sandwich, and most importantly, an attentive ear to allow those who visited us to express their comments and concerns. Well…
… Probably 120,000+ meals and thousands of visitors later, it is safe to say that we never saw this coming. During December 2015 we served at least 1,800 meals. That does not include those we serve when we go into the field nor does it include our support of after school activities for neighborhood students.
While we are not social workers, we can often direct those in need to resources that will help them. As we are approaching our 10th Anniversary, it would be good to update everyone on some of the achievements of The Peter Maurin Center and where there are opportunities for volunteers and donations.
PMC always can use volunteers to assist with all of the different ministries. Please contact Jim Orenga (330-414-5639) for information.
The Peter Maurin Center is open to our guests on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11am with meals served between 1pm-3pm and Sundays doors open at Noon with meals served from: 1pm – 3pm. We are quite proud of the fact we do not accept any Government subsidies and rely solely upon individuals, organizations, and Churches to assist our Mercy Ministries.
3 days a week a local church provides the meal for our visitors. St. Paul/Akron, St. Sebastian, St. Hilary, St. Mary’s/Hudson, Holy Family/Stow, Sacred Heart of Wadsworth, Our Lady of Guadalupe/Macedonia, St. Joseph’s/Cuyahoga Falls, Immaculate Heart of Mary/Cuyahoga Falls, St. Vincent de Paul/Regional, REACH Project, Ancient Order of Hibernians, and others are consistently serving our citizens that are most in need. We expect between 1,350 – 1,500 meals to be served each month.
For the past two years, The PMC facilities have been opened after hours and through the nighttimes whenever the wintertime frigid temperatures plunged to 10 degrees F or below. Between 20 and 40 persons spend the nights with us to escape the harm of the bitter cold. We opened approximately 25 nights each of the past two years.
We can always use additional help with the meal planning, preparation and the serving. Please e-mail Jim Orenga at firstname.lastname@example.org or call him at 330.414.5639 to receive information about this part of the ministry.
As can be seen, The Peter Maurin Center has become an integral part of the South Main Street Community (greater Summit Lake Region-Akron). From our humble beginnings, The Holy Spirit has provided for and enriched the lives of all those that walk through the doors – both the visitors and the volunteers. If you feel a calling to help with ministering to folks right here in our own backyard, and becoming part of The Peter Maurin Community, there are many ways in which you can support.
Lastly, as the cold weather sets in, the request for assistance is heightened. Our resources are stretched and we can always use financial donations. Any size cash gift is greatly appreciated and very welcomed. Any donations can be sent to The Peter Maurin Center; P.O. Box 1105; Hudson, OH 44236 or please pay through our web site and secured Pay Pal page.
We have Blessed and been Blessed by all of the folks that walk through the doors of The Peter Maurin Center. Holy Family, St. Paul, St. Mary, St. Sebastian, Sacred Heart of Wadsworth, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Immaculate Heart of Mary, St. Vincent de Paul-Regional, St. Joseph’s, and St. Hilary Parishes are always remembered during our Prayers of Thanksgiving each time we gather at The Peter Maurin Center.