Adopt-A-Family Christmas Outreach

Who do we serve?

Five 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.

What do we do?

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

How can I get involved?

Contact Barbara Rieve: or Kathleen Smith:, or look for specific details on the program in the bulletin in early November.


There are also volunteer opportunities for service hours. Contact either Barbara or Kathleen in early November to see what’s available.

Upcoming dates and events:

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.

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. There are also opportunities to buy specific gifts that have been requested by children.

Relevant links

Photos and appreciation


"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