Knights of Columbus Service to the Embry Rucker Community Shelter

On Saturday, July 9, 2016, members of the Knights of Columbus from the Family of Man Council 7566 served their local community by grilling hot dogs, hamburgers and serving its residents during the afternoon at the Embry Rucker Community Shelter (ERCS), located in Reston, VA.

This facility is a 70-bed residential shelter that provides healthy, safe, emergency housing for families and single men and women. They are dedicated to helping their clients overcome the circumstances that led to their homelessness, and facilitate their transition to stable housing. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and employ 20 full-time staff members.

The Family of Man Council has supported ERCS and the Cornerstones organization for many years and is an event that the Knights look forward to in serving the community as part of the Knights of Columbus’ religious responsibility of charity.

Cornerstones which oversees the operation of ERCS is a nonprofit organization that promotes self-sufficiency by providing support and advocacy for those in need of food, shelter, affordable housing, quality childcare, and other human services.

The Council is grateful to the following Brother Knights who provided all of the services from planning, shopping, logistics and transportation, cooking and serving the residents and staff of ERCS:

• Bob Andres
• Eddie Byrne
• Tom Carter
• Phil Coyle
• Marcus Crisp
• Rob DiBlasi
• Leo Duran
• Frank Francois
• Tom McCluskey
• Howard Mohn
• Barry Rohm
• Peter Vigliotti
• Paul Vizza
• Tom Zorn

As special note of thank you to Ms. Maggie Carter who is credited for taking all of photos of the event which are included this article.

The core principles of the Knights of Columbus are: Charity, Unity, Fraternity and Patriotism. It is the duty of the Family of Man Council to not only believe and live up to these core principles, but to act upon them for the benefit of St. John Neumann, the Parish and our local community.

The Knights of Columbus are looking for practicing Catholic men, ages 18 years or older who wish to embark on a journey that emphasizes faith, fraternity and fellowship with a commitment to service in our community and welcomes our brothers to join our Family of Man Council.

We humbly ask you to contact the Grand Knight of the Council if you would like more information on the Knights of Columbus and the Family of Man Council at GrandKnight@kofc7566.us at the St. John Neumann Parish.