Saint Ignatius High School

Labre Ministry to the Homeless

The Labre Ministry delivers food and friendship to Cleveland's homeless community on Sunday nights. Students sign up during the school year at Thursday C.A.T. meetings. People looking to donate food or clothing should contact the Labre moderators.

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.

Fall 2021 Donation Drive

During October 2021, the Labre Ministry is collecting essential items for the winter months. Donations can be turned in to the bin in Rade Dining Hall. Currently, we are accepting the following items:
  • Travel size deodorant 
  • Travel size shampoo 
  • Travel size conditioner
  • Travel size lotion 
  • Travel size toothpaste 
  • Feminine Hygiene Products 
  • New or Like New Sweatshirts (L-4XL)
  • New or Like New Sweatpants (M-4XL)
  • New or Like New Short Sleeve and Long Sleeve T-Shirts (L-4XL)  
 

Labre meets on Sundays at 5:45 p.m. at Gibbons Hall and ends around 9 p.m.

Contact Mr. Walters, Ms. Martin, or Fr. Dan Reim with questions about the ministry or student involvement.

To donate to the Labre Ministry, please contact Jesuit Volunteer Ms. Giulianna Vullo.

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.

Almost 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.
  • Christian Action Team

    C.A.T. is the umbrella service organization at Saint Ignatius and gathers weekly for all students to discuss and share about those whom they serve. Programs include Labre, Pallbearers, the Christmas Food Drive and more than a dozen others.

Labre Moderators