Founded in 2002, the Labre Ministry brings a simple meal to men and women living on the streets of Cleveland, allowing students to form meaningful relationships with those on the margins. During the academic year, sign-ups take place at C.A.T. meetings on Thursdays after school.
To donate to the Labre Ministry, please contact Jesuit Volunteer Ms. Kristin Nauman or moderator Ms. Amanda Martin.
History of Labre
Labre was founded in 2002 by Mr. Jim Skerl ’74, Mr. Tim Grady ’95, and two students: Bryan Norton '03 and Bob Snyderburn '03. They took some PB&J sandwiches in an SUV and drove around Cleveland looking for people in need of food and friendship. One of the men took notes on a piece of cardboard—names, locations and stories.
Nearly 20 years later, the format largely remains unchanged. PB&J is still on the menu each week, and a scribe in each of the vans who goes out on Labre records details from each night’s visits. Labre operates out of the Joseph Family Kitchen in Gibbons Hall, a vast improvement from the days of the old cafeteria kitchen.
More than 1,000 weeks have passed since that first Labre, and members of Saint Ignatius have not missed a single weekend outing. Nearly a dozen other high schools and colleges across the country have launched their own Labre ministries in imitation of the one first started in Cleveland.
Labre has been featured on newscasts and in news articles. In 2015 FOX 8 photojournalist Ali Ghanbari spent three weeks with Labre
, showcasing the ministry’s remarkable friendships.