Day of Gratitude
Tuesday, February 25th | 9:00am-7:00pm
Saint André Bessette Catholic Church | 601 W. Burnside Street, Portland
The Open Doors Campaign is officially closed!! And now it’s time to celebrate! On Tuesday, February 25th, we will host a full day of gratitude filled events for our entire community – guests, parishioners, volunteers, partners, donors, and general supporters – including a scheduled visit from Archbishop Alexander K. Sample and local media. We hope that everyone will join us to share in the excitement of our successful development endeavors and the ongoing work of our community of faith and service.
Registration for each of the day’s activities is required
so that we can effectively plan for catering & staffing needs.
…And did we mention, it’s all free, as a token of our gratitude to all of you.
This day will be chalk full of gratitude-filled events! So join us for an individual event… or the full day! Please see a full description of the day’s events below:
Morning Hospitality | 9:00am – 12:00pm
There is no better way to start our Day of Gratitude than with those we welcome every day – our guests. Participants in Morning Hospitality will serve as volunteers in our outreach to men and women experiencing extreme poverty, homelessness, mental illness, addiction, and severe isolation. Participants will begin their day with a volunteer introduction, followed by volunteer service in our meal program, clothing or hygiene closets, foot care or art programs, or general hospitality, and concluding with a volunteer reflection on the morning’s experience. (Please note: participants in Morning Hospitality must be 18+ or accompanied by an adult.)
Noon Mass | 12:00pm – 1:30pm
Our Day of Gratitude continues with our daily Mass, with some additional time to share in the sacrament of Anointing of the Sick. Join us to worship with one another, with a special celebration to give thanks for the great success of our recent endeavors and ongoing work of our community.
Community Luncheon | 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Following Mass, our entire community – guests, parishioners, volunteers, community partners, general supporters, and staff – will gather for a casual lunch. Participants will enjoy a meal in fellowship with one another as our thanks to all who help to make our community such an incredible place. We will also take this opportunity to share in the excitement of our successful development endeavors, as well as some creative recognitions of the outstanding participation of our many community members.
Mini Urban Immersion | 3:00pm – 5:00pm
Don’t miss this one! As part of the Day of Gratitude, we are offering a Mini Urban Immersion to all who have not yet experienced this amazing program. Participants will learn more about the issues of urban poverty in our community, take a tour of the neighborhood and discover nearby services, as well as participating in an afternoon volunteer opportunity to assist with our outreach services.
Campaign Close Celebration | 5:00pm – 7:00pm
To conclude our Day of Gratitude, we will gather to celebrate the official close of The Open Doors campaign! The evening will highlight a special thank you to the donors and supporters that have helped to achieve this great success, as well as tours of the new program spaces and a sneak peek at what’s coming up in 2014. Participants will get to meet our campaign funders, chat with staff and community leadership, and enjoy some tasty hors d’oeuvres and “mocktails”. We hope to gather our entire community for this special celebration of our hard work and bright future!
We look forward to seeing you, celebrating with you, and extending our gratitude for all that you do in our community!
Additional Event Information
Max Green & Yellow Lines, Bus Lines #1, 4, 8, 9, 12, 17, 19, 20, 33, 35, 43, 44, 56, 94
Validated parking will be available at Broadway Garage #77 (632 SW Pine Street), U.S. Bank Plaza #64 (111 SW 5th Avenue), and U.S. Bancorp Garage #65 (435 SW Pine Street). Please be sure to bring your parking ticket with you to the event for full-price validation.
For all questions & participation information:
Jess Aleksy – Director of Marketing and Development
email@example.com | 503.228.0746, x117