Updates & Opportunities

For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.
— Jesus

Helping Neighbors

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a ministry that cares for people through small works of service. Sign up to be part of our email list that gets notified whenever we receive a new request for help. This group will provide meals to people with a short-term need, provide a ride to church or the grocery store, and perform light yard or house work. Our goal is to be a light in the community and share the love of Christ while connecting with our parish family in simple ways. Contact helpingneighbors@holycrossdewitt.org if you have a short-term need or if you are interested in joining our list of ready-to-help volunteers.



Catholic charities men's shelter

The Catholic Charities Men’s Shelter on South Clinton Street can host 100 men struggling with homelessness every night. Case management services are available to help individuals find and keep stable housing. One way we support the men's shelter is by preparing sandwiches for the shelter. Join us downstairs at 8:30am after daily Mass on the first and third Tuesday of each month. After sandwich prep, we pray together. At 9:00 am a volunteer delivers the sandwiches to the shelter at 1074 South Clinton Street.  Volunteers can also sign up to serve the sandwiches at 5pm later that day.



Samaritan center

The Samaritan Center is an interfaith effort of community members committed to serving the hungry and those in need in order to promote their welfare dignity and self sufficiency. Join our team of parishioners that prepare and serve a meal on Sunday afternoons at the Samaritan Center. Holy Cross teams provide & serve the meal about once a month. Prep shifts start at 11:30am and meals begin at 12:30pm. Clean up is usually concluded by 3pm. If you’d like to learn more, contact Rick Coughlin.


Meals at Emmaus Ministry

On the second Thursday of each month, Holy Cross volunteers serve a meal to neighbors on the south side at Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse. Road to Emmaus Ministry of Syracuse, Inc., a 501 (C) 3, not for profit organization, is a dynamic ministry that brings the presence of the Catholic Church to the poor, hungry, isolated, and homeless of the south side and the city of Syracuse, New York. Emmaus Ministry is located at 4335 South Salina Street, Syracuse, New York 13205. If you are interested volunteering to serve a meal with us, please contact Beth.


Food Pantries

On the first weekend of each month, we collect non-perishable food donations at all weekend Masses. Volunteers sort & pack food for distribution to several parish families and food pantries: Downtown Emergency Center, St. Lucy’s, All Faiths at St. John the Baptist, and the Jamesville Ecumenical Food Pantry. To learn more, contact Maureen McManus.



Jail Ministry

Jail Ministry is a grassroots, social justice, spiritually founded community that provides presence and advocacy to inmates at the Onondaga County Justice Center in Syracuse, NY.  Jail Ministry is a part of the Brady Faith Center, a neighborhood mission that is an outreach of the Syracuse Catholic Diocese, serving the south and west sides of Syracuse. Parishioners at Holy Cross serve Jail Ministry as financial supporters, volunteers & staff, and worker council members. To learn more about how you can get involved with Jail Ministry, visit their website or contact Beth Schafer.



Refugee Assistance Committee

Our Refugee Assistance Committee is a group of loving and caring parishioners dedicated to providing for and supporting resettled refugees in Syracuse. They work closely with Northside CYO, a Catholic Charities resettlement agency in Syracuse. Catholic Charities serves about 600 newly arrived refugees every year. Staff provide support for refugees the moment they arrive in Syracuse. Case managers connect refugees to education, housing, jobs, English language class, health care, and more. Programs for children and youth help young refugees acclimate and find success. Currently, we are befriending and assisting a resettled family from Afghanistan. You can read their story here. If you would like to learn more about our committee or attend one of our upcoming meetings, please contact Beth Schafer.

Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement: Clothing Closet

We regularly hold collections to supply the clothing closet at Northside CYO and need volunteers to help organize the closet. To learn more or find out about upcoming clothing drives, check the bulletin for details.