Saint Francis High School students and parents eagerly gave their time during the school’s Family Service Day to help the homeless served by LifeMoves. The volunteers worked at two shelters and at a center that provides homeless clients much needed services.
LifeMoves, formerly InnVision Shelter Network, is a nonprofit agency that offers housing and teaches life skills. In Palo Alto, clients can receive health care, clothing, case management and more at LifeMoves’ Opportunity Services Center. More than 50 Saint Francis volunteers cleaned, painted, and spruced up the center so individuals seeking help would feel welcomed.
“Volunteering at the Opportunity Services Center helped me appreciate just how hard some people work to add a little brightness to someone’s day when they feel down and out of luck,” said sophomore Rebecca Smith.
In addition, the Lancer boys varsity volleyball team also came out in force to lend a hand. At two shelters in San Jose, the Villa and Commercial Street Inn sites, players and their parents sorted clothing donations and cooked and served 100 meals.
“This was a great opportunity to serve others and bond as a team,” said player junior Curtis Reitmeir.
The school’s Holy Cross parent clubs organize two Family Service Day events each year as a way for families to know each other better and build community.
“It was great to see our young men so engaged and offering to help those less fortunate,” said parent Stacey Reitmeir, whose son is on the volleyball team. “Family Service Day is one way that Saint Francis gives back to the community and is reflective of the Holy Cross values of our school,” she said.
The staff at LifeMoves appreciated very much the support shown by the Lancer family.
“The Saint Francis High School community made a huge contribution to the daily life at the Opportunity Center and at the additional sites,” said Lynnelle Bilsey, senior manager of volunteer programs. “Thank you so much for your service, dedication and willingness to roll up your sleeves and dig into projects!”
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