"The measure of the greatness of a society is found in the way it treats those most in need." - Pope Francis
Extra Mile is the Homeless Outreach Ministry of Newman Catholic. This weekly program is a great opportunity to engage the homeless of Newark, who appreciate not only the food we bring, but also the fellowship we share with them.
Beginning almost 20 years ago by a group of students at Newman Catholic, Extra Mile (or as it was known then, “Second Mile”) has been an on-going mission to bring a meal and a smile to the displaced men and women who call the streets of Newark, specifically Penn Station, “home.”
On Fridays throughout the semester, college students from all the campuses gather at the Newman Center to make peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, a great form of protein and calories for people who may not be eating throughout the day. We then walk as a group to Penn Station and give these sandwiches out. After this, we spend time speaking with the homeless. We learn their stories, share fellowship, let them know that people do care about them, and close the evening in prayer with them. At Extra Mile, we don’t just seek to feed their bodies, but their souls as well.
It is beneficial for both the displaced and those serving them. When we engage in this active service, we are allowing ourselves to step into a world that most of us usually shy away from. We are able to see and hear what other people experience. This is how we go the “Extra Mile.”
If you wish to bring a group of six or more, please fill out this form to reserve a Friday.
Extra Mile counts toward service hours.