Team Fortitude

Team Fortitude is a ministry here at Maternity designed to help support the Fortitude Community Outreach in Kankakee. Fortitude began in January, 2017 as a street outreach designed to connect needy and homeless individuals with resources and assistance.

Our parish has formed "Team Fortitude" to help Fortitude Community Outreach achieve their goals.  Our goal is to help bring volunteers to the newly forming PADS shelters, provide meals, and collect daily necessities.  

On July 30th, 2018 Dr. Dawn Broers came to Maternity to speak about Fortitude Comunity Outreach.  Fortitude presently conducts a street outreach program that provides the homeless in our area with food, some clothing, and toiletries.  On the first Thursday of each month, Fortitude provides a meal at Annunciation Greek Church in Kankakee.  Most importantly, this Outreach provides the homeless with companionship and emotional support. 

How to Currently Volunteer:

MBVM volunteers can sign up online at to participate in either the street ministry or the Soup Kitchen. 

PADS Shelters:

Dr. Dawn Broers is also working on securing sites for PADS shelters.  This is still in the planning stages and we will let parishioners know when the opportunity to volunteer for those services will begin.

What we are collecting right now:

On Sunday, September 16th the Knights of Columbus will be hosting a Pancake Breakfast here at Maternity.  All proceeds from this breakfast will benefit Fortitude.

The month of September we will be collecting RAZORS and SHAVING CREAM.  You can drop these items in the bins located in the church.  

Should you have any questions contact Maria Pallissard at [email protected] or call 815-933-8285 ext. 226