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JOHNSTOWN, PA [American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocesan Chancery] — Following in the footsteps of Sts Cyril and Methodios, and demonstrating in concrete action their renewed commitment to hands-on missionary work, the National Senior ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth) has organized a small weekend mission and service weekend at St. Herman’s House of Hospitality in Cleveland, Ohio taking place from Friday, Aug 12 – Sunday, August 14, 2016. The team was comprised of officers and members of the ACRY, Priests and other Diocesan faithful who are committed to assisting as they are able the work of this phenomenal Orthodox Christian Outreach to the disadvantaged of the greater Cleaveland Ohio area. The team was in place throughout the weekend and concluded with their participation in Divine Liturgy at nearby ACROD Diocesan Christ the Saviour Parish in North Royalton, Ohio.
The St. Herman House – FOCUS Cleveland is an Orthodox Christian house of hospitality committed to serving the homeless and needy poor of Ohio City and Inner City Cleveland in a spirit of love and hospitality. It has been in operation since September of 1977. St. Herman’s is solely owned and operated by FOCUS North America which conducts outreach centers and programs in 30 cities around the country. As an expression of Christ’s love, FOCUS North America serves the hungry, thirsty, stranger, naked, sick and imprisoned by providing Food, Occupation, Clothing, Understanding, and Shelter.
Faced with low wages and rising food, housing, utility, and health care costs, thousands of children go to bed hungry each night, evicted families are homeless, millions are jobless, and even more feel hopeless. In a land where resources are so plentiful, it is unacceptable that so many children, adults, and senior citizens experience such staggering need and insecurity. Restoring their dignity takes more than handouts. Through FOCUS, Orthodox Christians are coming together as a national movement to transform people’s lives and offer a real hope to the hopeless here at home, in America
Out of all US cities, Cleveland has the second highest rate of residents living below the poverty line, 36%. At a time when few to no services were available in the Cleveland area, St. Herman House was founded to meet the pressing needs of the underserved in our community. To this day, the St. Herman House continues to provide essential services, transforming the lives of many who come through their door.
For more information about the good works of St. Herman’s house check out their website at www.sthermans.com.
Watch for photos and updates throughout the weekend on the Diocesan and ACRY websites.
ABOUT the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth
The National ACRY (American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Youth) – The Fellowship of Sts Cyril and Methodios, is the national youth organization of the American Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of Johnstown, Pennsylvania. It is divided into two separate organizations. The Junior ACRY (for ages 8 to 18) and the Senior ACRY (for ages 18 and older). The ACRY is an Orthodox Christian family fellowship dedicated to the purpose of encouraging spiritual growth through charitable and apostolic missionary works, prayer and fellowship for the Glory of God and the building up of the Church and our Diocese.
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