Adopt-A-Family Christmas Outreach

Who do we serve?

Outreaches in Baltimore City and Howard  County that serve the poor: St. Gregory, St. Veronica, and Corpus Christi Catholic Churches; Bridges to Housing Stability/Neighbor Network, and The Salvation Army Angel Tree* (This year, due to COVID-19, we are NOT sponsoring the Angel Tree outreach and are adding Happy Helpers for the Homeless families to our gift card outreach.

This year, we hold in our hearts

Donald Wise,

a long-time volunteer

at St. Gregory's,

who passed away

October 12, 2020.  Rest in Peace.


What do we do?

Provide gift cards for Christmas dinner and gift cards or gifts (depending on the outreach) for some 275 outreach families.

When do we do it?

The program begins in mid-November and runs through mid-December.

Where do we serve?

All outreach activities occur at Resurrection. (NOTE: this year, all AAF activities are virtual.)

Ministry history 

Adopt-A-Family was the first project the Social Justice Committee sponsored when it was founded in 1990. It has become one of the signature projects Resurrection parishioners associate with the committee. It's a way for members of the parish to share the joy of the Christmas season with our neighbors in need.


We have recently updated the program to better serve the needs of the outreach families, giving them the opportunity to purchase the things their families need and their children want. In a typical year, we also have opportunities to buy specific gifts that have been requested by children, but due to COVID we will not do this in 2020.

How can I get involved?

AAF tree.png

Contact Barbara Rieve: or Kathleen Smith:, or look for specific details on the program in the bulletin and Resurrection Connections in mid-November.

Upcoming dates and events:

  • Monetary donations will be accepted via FaithDirect link (CLICK HERE) from 9 am November 28 through 9 am December 15.

  • Checks, made out to Church of the Resurrection, WITH ADOPT-A-FAMILY IN THE MEMO LINE, can be sent to the parish office (address below) to arrive no later than December 15.

Relevant links

Photos and appreciation


Gloria-5 (2).jpg
St. Gregory 2019 1.jpeg

"Dear Church of The Resurrection, 

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! 

Your generosity abounds! You blessed us in so many ways. Thank you for such kindness and generosity! You are benefactors to so many here at St. Gregory the Great and the community. May God give you all the love your share to others. I am sure your love abounds!

Blessing! Joy! Peace! Love! Be Yours!

In Jesus's name, Thank you!"

Gloria Williams,Outreach Program,

St. Gregory the Great Catholic Church, Baltimore