Helping and respecting others are principles I grew up with. Growing up in El Salvador, I learned this through the actions of my parents who always helped and cared for others, regardless of who they were. Years ago, I came to the United States and settled in Long Beach, New York. Later on, I married my husband, Duffy Sullivan and had two children, Ryan and James. In addition, in 2012 I was blessed with a grandson, Anthony Sullivan. While working and raising a family, I pursued my education and obtained my Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Old Westbury State University. In 2004, I was hired by St. Mary’s of the Isle in Long Beach, in the Social Ministry Department. While working at St. Mary’s, I had the opportunity to help and serve the poor, by assisting them with food, clothing, and advocating for them. But most importantly, I listened to their struggles and found ways to help. In 2007, I began working at St. John of God Parish, as Parish Social Ministry Director, a position that I enjoy every day, because it gives me the opportunity to do what I love to do, which is helping and serving people, regardless of who they are, because in the end, we are all brothers and sisters.
As followers of Jesus Christ, it is our mission to serve and help the poor, vulnerable and the afflicted in our community. We empower them to overcome their difficulties by assisting them with food, clothing, referrals and advocacy.
The Parish Outreach provides services to the needy of Central Islip. Parish Outreach has two main parts: Food Pantry and Thrift Shop. The Food Pantry has been serving the community since 1989. The parish Outreach is run by Ana Sullivan, PSM Director. The strength of the outreach is the 30 volunteers who serve as Christian witness in our area. They show God’s compassion to people who need assistance with food and clothing. The volunteers schedule is flexible and varied. The program includes the availability of an Immigration Counselor once a month and referral services through local agencies, Catholic Charities and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.
Food Pantry provides emergency food packages which supply (9 meals food bag) for each member of in family. We serve approximately 400 clients each month. People requesting assistance must live within the geographic boundaries of the parish. The Food Pantry is financed through the donations of our generous parishioners, and through our partnership of non-profit organizations- Long Island Cares and Long Island Harvest.
Thrift Shop accepts donations of gently used clothing, house wares, toys, etc. during Thrift Shop hours. Low donations are suggested for items. Proceeds support the food pantry and outreach services.
Contact: Ana Sullivan, Director at (631) 234-1884 Fax: 631-234-7474
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Ana Sullivan, Director of Outreach, with the Staff of Catholic Health Services Sponsoring Free Health Screenings at St. John of God Parish