Mission Benedict helps an average of 50-60 families each week. Due to the pandemic, food boxes are now packed in advance, and people needing clothing or household items can make appointments to ensure social distancing is possible.
“We saw an increase in new people needing help with gas and utility bills after the fires,” said Lei. Mission was able to assist everyone that came for help in one way or another. If I did not have what they were looking for, I was able to find it or get them connected with other resources to meet their needs,” says Lei Schaecher, employee of the Mission.
The Mission serves all in need including those served by St. Joseph Family Shelter’s Transitional Living Community and the Casa Adele farmworker family housing also on the St. Joseph campus.