HYANNIS — A ministry of Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fall River, the St. Joseph’s House Shelter in Hyannis provides emergency shelter for hundreds of men and women every year, as well as a Day Program that offers respite from the streets, resources, skill-building activities, and caring support. The George and Marie Chabot Foundation’s Trustees have issued a challenge that will ultimately provide $150,000 for St. Joseph’s House Shelter in Hyannis — with a demonstrated match of $30,000 in hand, the Chabot Foundation will award an additional $120,000. These funds will strengthen St. Joseph’s House services, improving the program’s staffing, equipment, and furnishings; as well as supporting the program’s operations and its Winter Overflow response which provides additional emergency shelter beds on evenings that are 28 degrees or below. 

Miriam Finn Sherman, CEO of the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts said, “This is an incredible opportunity to unlock a significant multi-year gift to support extremely vulnerable members of our community. Our goal is to raise the $30,000 match by December 31, 2022 so we can begin the new year with an infusion of resources benefiting St. Joseph’s House. The Christmas season is one of giving and we hope that the faithful in the Diocese of Fall River may widen their circle of giving this year to include this special match, if their circumstances allow.” 

Donations may be made via check payable to the Catholic Foundation of Southeastern Massachusetts (memo: St. Joseph’s House) and sent to 450 Highland Avenue, Fall River, Mass., 02720, or online at https://www.cssdioc.org/monetary-giftsonline-donation/. Questions may be directed to: giving@catholicfoundationsema.org.