Mats for the Homeless

Did you know that plastic grocery bags can be turned into sleeping mats which provide the homeless comfort, warmth and protection from the rain?

This ministry is a great way to serve the homeless, recycle plastic grocery bags and have fun, all while putting your faith in action!

Even if you are not a "crafty" person, you can help with this ongoing project, and it can be done at your own pace, on your own schedule.  You can work individually, gather with others, or make it a family activity.  

Options to participate:

  1. Make "plarn" (plastic-yarn) balls to be given to a volunteer to crochet
  2. Crochet a mat with plarn balls made by other volunteers
  3. Complete a mat from start to finish:  Make plarn balls and crochet mat

Upcoming Events: 
"Plarn Party"
3rd Wednesday of the month

Join us at whatever time you are able, whether for all or a portion of the session.  Attend by yourself, bring a friend, or bring the family (children 4th grade and up are welcome with their parent). This is a hands-on working session for young and old!  These gatherings will allow anyone newly curious or already involved to:

  • Work together in making the plastic yarn used to crochet mats. (We will create a human assembly line.)
  • Build camaraderie with fellow parishioners as we share stories and tips while we work.
  • For those interested, learn how to crochet with "starter mats" that simply need to be completed - a fun way to practice new skills and help the homeless (supplies provided).  

     February 19, 2020
     March 18, 2020
     April 2020 - TBD
     May 20, 2020
     June 17, 2020

A final thought--as you work on the plarn or crochet, take time to reflect on the plight of those who are homeless, and pray for them...and pray that we continue to find ways to become a sign of God's loving presence in their lives.

"This is what God asks of act justly, to love tenderly, and to walk humbly with your God."  Micah 6:8


Debbie Mazur


Christian Service & Adult Formation Coordinator 

(586) 977-8080, ext. 107