Can You Help Us Feed Christ's Poor?
1,000 central city families receive food baskets for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Without these food baskets, these families would not be able to enjoy a holiday meal in their own homes. For Christmas, we gather age-appropriate toys for each child. Over 2,000 toys are needed.
As you can imagine, this is a huge undertaking for the House of Peace. Please view the above video. We would be grateful for any support you may be able to contribute...whether it be food for the baskets or cash donations for the turkeys and Christmas toys. Click here to view the food and toys we are collecting.
Click here to view a short interview with one of our Capuchin friars as he helps the House of Peace holiday effort.
To make a gift, contact the House of Peace Development Administrator, Jim Van Hoven, for ideas how we can use your time or talent to make 1,000 families happy this holiday season. Bless you.
House of Peace Holiday Food Basket & Toy Program History:
The House of Peace has been a mainstay in the Milwaukee community since 1968. Br. Booker Ashe, the first director of the House of Peace, would try to assist anyone in need. Being a Capuchin friar, he followed the credo of promoting growth and wholesome independence…all with respect and dignity.
Part of that philosophy included supplying a basket to needy families who registered at the House of Peace. The basket would contain all the fixings for a festive holiday meal and the Christmas holiday basket would include a toy for each youngster in the family.
In exchange for the holiday food basket, each recipient was to attend a class at the House of Peace. Classes ranged from managing finances to establishing a budget to health topics. Each class was designed to instill knowledge that would assist in bettering the recipient’s situation.
Brother Booker’s win-win philosophy was a simple one. Know the value in what you are getting and work for what you want.
The House of Peace holiday food basket program continues forty years later.