Blood Bank

In the early 1970’s St. Joseph’s Church invited Citrus Blood Center, now known as “Blood Net”, to come to the church for Blood Donor Drives.  We started serving breakfast consisting of eggs, toast, sausage and coffee to donors.  The bloodmobile comes to the Parish three times during the year.  If you are in need of blood, please call the Parish Office ext. 225.

Catholic Charities

1801 E. Memorial Blvd., Lakeland 33801

Counseling Services : (863)683-9775
 Licensed Mental Health Counseling
Individual, Family and Marriage Counseling
Adoption Services
Pregnancy Counseling and Casework

Social Service Programs : (863)686-7153
 Emergency Family Services
Food Pantry
Lake Morton Senior Center 
Family Foundations:  Family Foundations offers emergency 
family services for women and children that provide counseling, job training, pregnancy and adoption services…a continuum of care.

AGAPE Food Bank: (863) 665-7074, www.cflcc.org.

Knights Of Columbus

St. Joseph Council 2505, is a Catholic men’s fraternal organization that is committed to the exemplification of charity, unity, fraternity, patriotism and defense of the priesthood.  The Knights of Columbus is firmly committed to the protection of human life from conception to natural death.  In addition, the Knights of Columbus is committed to the preservation and defense of the family.  Membership in the Knights of Columbus is open to men at least eighteen years of age and who are practicing Catholics.  One of the great benefits of being an active member of the Knights is getting to know other men in the parish and to associate with a great group of people.  A business meeting is held the second Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.  A social meeting is held the fourth Thursday of the month starting with dinner at 6:30 p.m.  The Knights of Columbus Hall is located at 2014 Lakeland Hills Boulevard and is available for rent for meetings, wedding receptions, reunions, baby showers and parties, etc.   Council 2505 sponsors Bingo sessions once a week as a fundraiser for the Council’s charity projects.  Bingo sessions are on Saturdays with the doors opening at 9 a.m. and Bingo starting at 11 a.m.  We are always looking for new members to expand our good deeds within our parish, community and church!

Search for the Knights on Facebook: “Knights of Columbus Council 2505 – St Joseph”.

Contact: Joe Grates, Grand Knight, jfgrates@gmail.com or (863) 661-2659
Hall Rental: (863)687-6086

P.E.A.C.E.-Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment

The Polk Ecumenical Action Council for Empowerment (P.E.A.C.E.) is a direct-action organization working to effect institutional change on a variety of community issues.  PEACE is a local county-wide organization incorporated in the state of Florida.  It is composed of 29 religious congregations and community ministries that have united across denominational and racial lines in the belief that, together, they can become a powerful voice for ensuring fairness and justice in Polk County.  As it works to build relationships in and for the community, PEACE offers opportunities for faith and leadership develop-ment.  In the past, PEACE has worked on issue campaigns concerning drugs and crime, education and public health.

The idea for PEACE began in 1996, when a group of Caucasian and African-American pastors in Lakeland came together to discuss how to unite their communities in an effort to build God’s kingdom and address common concerns.  Father John Caulfield was one of those original pastors.  In fact, it was he who came up with the acronym PEACE!

Are you interested in building strong relationships in your church and community?  Are you willing to work for justice and achieve real change?  Become part of St. Joseph’s PEACE ministry!

Contact: The PEACE office (863)802-8757

Options for Women Pregnancy Help Clinic

Formerly the Pregnancy Help Center of Lakeland, Inc., Options for Women PHC is a Christ-centered medical clinic that offers hope to women who are experiencing unplanned pregnancies. Our mission is to erase the need for abortion, through effectively serving pregnant at risk women, by transforming their fear into confidence.

Our patients are counseled about the options of parenting and adoption.  They are also fully informed about abortion and its risks and side effects.  The following services are available at no cost to all of our patients:

Pregnancy Testing, Pregnancy Options Counseling – parenting and adoption, Ultrasound Exam, Personalized Plan for her future, Selected STD Screening, Gospel Presentation, Follow-up Program (12 months)

We serve women of all faiths and our staff and volunteers represent various Christian denominations.  Our Gospel presentation includes; sharing scripture about God’s plan for his Son, Jesus, His plan for their life, and how Jesus calls them to Him.  We share Christ’s message of love and forgiveness with them and invite them to start a relationship with Him.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Our volunteer needs revolve around a team of four individuals who serve each woman: receptionist, advocate, nurse and sonographer. We also need board members and office assistants. Please contact us at 682-5763 or visit us online at www.optionsforwomeninfo.com for more information.

Respect Life

Respect life encompasses four areas:  Respect Life, Elderly, Social Justice and Disabilities.  Respect Life means from conception to natural death.  This includes Life Chain the first Sunday in October, Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision on January 22nd (walk in Washington, DC), Pregnancy Help Center and the Respect Life Conference.

Contact:

Saint Joseph’s Outreach

The purpose of St. Joseph’s Outreach is to assist the poor of our community with the necessities of life, and to further our spiritual understanding of our personal roles in accomplishing this work.
  
St. Joseph’s Outreach accepts requests for assistance through the pastoral office.  We also receive referrals from other churches, social service agencies, and some government offices.  Help is usually given on a one-time basis.  We assist with food, utilities, clothing, medicine, etc.  Additionally, we are blessed with a number of volunteer workers who contribute their time regularly to the operation of our Thrift Store at 630 N. Ingraham Ave.  Without their tireless work, we could not undertake the works we do.

Contact: Jerry Wagner (863)682-2757

Talbot House Ministries

Talbot House Ministries provides an umbrella of services-food, shelter, clothing and medical care-to members of our community who find themselves in a life crisis.  Realizing the importance of providing more than just temporary solutions, Talbot House programs also incorporate services that will assist persons and families to become self-sufficient.
We invite persons receiving services through our Emergency Shelter to join our Renewal Program.  For these homeless persons who wish to be independent and productive, the Trustee Renewal Program offers job training and life skills classes, as well as individual and group counseling.

Contact: Paula Beikirch (863)687-8475 814 N. Kentucky Avenue