Living Mercy

Gretna-based Least of My Brethren needs volunteers to help with homeless ministry

Least of My Brethren helps the homeless in the Omaha-Council Bluffs area get back on their feet and off the streets by providing them with food, clothing, bicycles, employment assistance, furniture and more.

While individuals, businesses and organizations generously donate money and much-needed items to help alleviate the suffering of the homeless, one thing the organization can never get enough of is volunteers.

“We try our best to do as much as possible,” said Dave Harvey, who, with his wife, Cheryl, started Least of My Brethren almost 25 years ago. “The only thing limiting us or keeping us from doing the things that individuals need most is the availability of volunteers. Period.”

The Harveys are parishioners at St. Patrick-Gretna. When they began their ministry, they were clothing about 40 people a month. Today that number is 450 a month. In the past 10 years, they also started providing used furniture to homeless people and families transitioning into a home or apartment.

While selfless volunteers have helped them get where they are today, more are needed to continue their important work.

“There are times when volunteers are short and we must tell a couple of people that they need to stay outside one more week because we do not have enough volunteers that week,” Harvey said. “If you want to have a direct impact on helping someone that is hurting right now, join us. We can go from eight people a week to 10 people, all because of you.”

To learn more about Least of My Brethren, check out this story from The Catholic Voice.

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