CBA Peer Ministers in Social Justice presented this year’s Lenten Drive to students and faculty during Mass on Feb. 23.
Students are teaming up with Andrew Lunetta, Executive Director of Tiny Homes For Good. A Tiny Home for Good builds and manages affordable, safe, and dignified homes for individuals who have faced chronic homelessness. A Tiny Home for Good project will construct and maintain tiny one-bedroom homes measuring between 150 and 200 square feet and are equipped with all the amenities of a regular house. Under the plan, three homes would be built on a vacant city lot.
“In January, 782 individuals were homeless and lived either on the street or in a shelter,” Lunetta said in his presentation to the student body and staff. “What can CBA do to help,” he asked. “Please help us spread the word. We will take monetary donations, furniture. Our goal is to help the homeless in this community.”
Students in each homeroom will be asked to buy a brick for $5. Monies raised and donations, such as furniture, through the Lenten Drive, will be donated to Tiny Homes For Good. It costs approximately $15,000 to build a home.
Fr. Dennis Hayes, pastor of Corpus Christi in South Onondaga and St. Patrick’s in Otisco, was the celebrant at Mass. In addition to running two parishes, he also worked full-time in the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office as Human Service Director. He has served as Chaplain for the New York State Police, the FBI, and several county police departments.
“I have a passion to give things away,“Fr. Hayes shared. “No matter your opinion of police, I have been able to give something of myself and provide the various police departments with some sense of security whether it’s spiritual or psychological. Our primary psychological need is to be safe and secure.”
Fr. Hayes announced he was helping kick off CBA’s Lenten Drive by donating $1,000 ($500 from each parish) to the Tiny Homes For Good project.
“I hope you can help Andrew out and help others be safe,” Fr. Hayes added. “Just remember this, if you give it, you will get it back 10 times more.”
“We have large hearts at CBA. We can build one tiny purple and gold home, ” said Assistant Principal Judy Killion as she addressed the students at the conclusion of Mass. “Let’s get this done.”
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