Associate in Mission Sandy Molnar

Associate in Mission, Sandy Molnar, shares how she lives our mission of unioning love with her dear neighbors in Montgomery County, PA…

In 2019 COVID came quickly, and the Pandemic hits. This causes almost everything that we rely on for daily living to shut down. How do we cope? How can we help those with little resources who will suffer the most, our Dear Neighbors?

Associate in Mission Sandy Molnar

In response to this need, several friends got together and made lunches for the unhoused. We then began to walk the streets of Norristown to hand out these lunches. As time went by and word spread, the number of volunteers began to increase. Because of this, we were able to set up once a month in front of the Norristown Transportation Center for distribution.

With the generosity of our community, in addition to lunches, we are able to provide clothing, footwear, hygiene products, tents, sleeping bags, etc.

Associate in Mission Sandy Molnar

In May of 2020, in response to the murder of George Floyd, a group of women in our community founded Colonial Area Anti-Racism and Social Equality Alliance (CAARSEA).

In the Fall of 2023 – CAARSEA and Interdenominational Faith Groups opened a Code Blue Shelter at the Church on The Mall in Plymouth Meeting, PA. Here we are able to provide a warm meal, and a safe place to sleep for our unhoused neighbors.

The vision of CAARSEA is for the Colonial area to be a community united to overcome racial injustice, where diversity is welcome, encouraged, celebrated, and valued.

– We work together to create and support systemic change at a local level in areas

such as the schools, police and government structures.

– We respond directly to issues of discrimination, racism, and social inequity in our

community.

– We raise awareness, model and facilitate courageous conversations, and provide

resources for community learning and engagement.

https://www.caarsea.com/

“I feel grateful to live my call as a Sister of Saint Joseph Associate in Mission through the work of this ministry.”

“…To deepen and widen our SSJ Spirituality and our lived expression of it in our relationships with the dear neighbor, both at the margins, and beside us in the ordinary circumstances of our lives. We are committed to caring for Earth and working for justice, so that all people are treated with dignity and respect.”

(2019 Associate Direction Statement)