Helping the Needy (HTN) — Latest News / Announcements

HTN Spring Furniture Donations March 13, 2020

St. Alphonsus HTN Ministry will be collecting furniture for needy families from March 22nd through the end of May. The collection is specifically for the following furniture: bedroom dressers, chest, end tables, lamps; kitchen and dining room tables and chairs; living room chairs, loveseats and small sofas; end tables and… Read more

HTN Annual Meeting January 29, 2020

Thursday, March 12th, St. Alphonsus Church (Narthex) starting at 6:30 p.m. Please save March 12th on your calendar for this very important meeting St. Alphonsus Pastor, Monsignor Brian Hennessey will join us All current, past and new HTN members are asked to join us Invited are HTN’s Partners who support… Read more

PROJECT SANTA 2019 — Volunteers Needed! November 22, 2019

For the 3rd consecutive year, HTN will bring Christmas joy to needy children in Kensington. This year our Parish Partners are: St. Alphonsus, St. Catherine, St. Genevieve, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Mount Carmel. Each of these Parishes will have a “giving tree” with tags… Read more



HTN needs your support to continue on it’s mission to help the neediest of the needy. HTN is responsible for all of its financial costs including storage, transportation and bedding cost. HTN can use your financial support for our 2019 Fund Raising program. Please click the donate button below to make a financial donation. 

You may also make a non-check contribution to HTN; credit card, United Way designation or matching gift program with your corporation. Click here for procedures.

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Our ministry is always in need of new leadership, please consider volunteering. If you are interested in becoming a member of this “feel good” ministry, please email us at with your name and contact information. Your interest is greatly appreciated. Please click the brochure button above for more information. 


Another way you can participate is by making a donation to purchase a bed for a needy child. Click here for additional information and donor form.


HTN Ministry will be collecting furniture for needy families now through the end of July. The collection is specifically for the following furniture: bedroom dressers, chest, end tables, lamps; kitchen and dining room tables and chairs; living room chairs, loveseats and small sofas; end tables and coffee tables. Please contact Helping the Needy at 215-346- 6416 or if you have any items you would like to donate.


COVID19 Guidelines for HTN Movers May 2020 

Helping the Needy — Mission Statement

The mission of the St. Alphonsus HTN ministry is to share the love of Christ and spread His message by helping to improve the living conditions of the neediest in our communities with basic human needs. Following the teachings of Jesus and inspired by the Holy Spirit, we will strive to provide beds to sleep on, tables and chairs for families to share meals and other furniture where families can gather and live in a self-sufficient home which promotes personal dignity. HTN, through its team of volunteers, partners and donors, will provide furniture and other family services to those in need. The Ministries HTN supports help families residing in specific neighborhoods of Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery Counties. 



Background / Story

St. Alphonsus Outreach Program began in the 1990s to help Holy Child Parish in the Olney section of Philadelphia (currently Our Lady of Hope Parish). A branch of the group occasionally helped families needing furniture. Starting August 2015, the furniture branch evolved into a new ministry, Helping the Needy (HTN). As of May 2019, HTN’s Ministry has grown to about 170 volunteers. HTN receives request from 18 Ministries working with needy families and individuals. HTN has received furniture from over 375 donors and delivered furniture to about 480 families, helping over 1350 needy people. The Ministries which HTN supports includes: homeless families leaving shelters, homeless women and their family leaving pro-life shelters, legal refugee families entering our country, needy neighborhoods family homes. HTN’s Operation Kensington Social Group is helping to support 3 elementary schools (Catholic and Public), a Community Center and a Welcoming Center. Our Home-Goods committee began providing dishes, glasses, silverware and cookware in 2018. HTN’s Tutor/Library committee began providing services in 2018. HTN’s Project Santa has provided Christmas gifts to over 1000 children since 2017. HTN’s “Beds for Needy Children Without Beds” has provided 140 beds and accessories to children without beds. In addition, HTN’s partner, PragmaBed, has provided HTN over 300 new beds since 2015. HTN is self-contained with a Board of Governors, Officers, and Bylaws. HTN is responsible for all of its financial costs including storage, transportation and bedding cost. HTN can use your financial support for our 2019 Fund Raising program (Goal $40,000). Our ministry is always in need of new leadership, please consider volunteering.

HTN’s Highlights

HTN 2019 Highlights



  • Donors: 124 Families: 70, Sessions: 5
    • Included food and toys for families in the Spring o Developed the Furniture Support Group (FSG) 
    • Developed the Furniture Operation Group (FOG)
    • Reduced HTN’s President time administrating the Furniture Operation
  • BEDS
  •  PragmaBed
    • Depleted mattress donation inventory
    • Depleted all frames except Twin XL and Queen size
    • Donated a total of 100 beds
    • No longer able to provide OHAAT frames, increased our OHAAT cost by $20
    • Delivered 120 Beds, cost increased to $200/bed/accessories
    • Community Center at Visitation
    • Delivered 10 Beds
    • HTN has begun Purchasing mattresses and will begin purchasing frames 
    • HTN began receiving bedding donations from Casper & Lull Deluxe products
  • HTN has two new Partners donating items we can provide to families. Innovel Solutions is a logistics company and Liberty Thrift is local in Montgomeryville.
  • Project Santa
  •  HTN has 5 Parish Partners: St. Alphonsus, St. Genevieve, St. Catherine, Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel
  • Provided 860 gifts to Willard & Sheppard elementary schools and the Community Center at visitation
  • Estimate 100 volunteers helped with Parish Giving Tree & HTN Project Santa
  • Community Dinner
  • Hosted Dinner for an estimated 80 homeless people o Also provided non-perishable food and toys for children 
  • Had 12 volunteers, some new HTN members
  • Tutoring/Library Assistance
  • Have increased volunteers to 29 HTN members 
  • In spring, helped re-opened library for first time in 5 years
  • Since the summer, HTN helped reorganize additional 6000 books 
  • Ready to reopen library with a catalog computerized system on January 27th
  • Spring Fling/Back to School Programs: executed 1st Spring Fling and 2nd Back to School
  • Annual Mass celebrated for the 3rd consecutive year followed by a reception
  • Board Revised and Approved HTN Charter and Bylaws in December
  • Board of Governors nominations and acceptance in December
  • Exceeded HTN Fund-Raising Goal of $40,000 cash
2018 Highlights

● Collected from 80 Furniture Donors and delivered to 77 Needy Families
● HTN’s Home-Goods collections have resulted in 55 Kits being delivered to families
● HTN has 16 volunteers tutoring and helping with the library at a Kensington School
● 80 Beds for “Needy children without Beds” were delivered in 2018
● Hosted Community Meal for 75 people in Kensington on Friday June 29th
● In December, Project Santa delivered over 2000 Christmas presents to 600 children (K-4 students) in Kensington;
● 40 Boxes of “back to school” items collected by OLM school and delivered to Visitation School
● Ministry Mass celebrated on November 4th @ 10:15 Mass at St. Alphonsus Parish

HTN Board Members & Officers

Board Members

2020 Board Members

Steve Finley- President

My wife Mary and I have been married for 40 years and are happy to say that we have been active members of Saint Alphonsus parish for the past thirty years. We are also blessed to be able to say that we have four children, all graduates of Saint Alphonsus, and fourteen grandchildren, who we are able to spend a great deal of time with. I have previously served on the board of Saint Alphonsus school, been the President of the Athletic Association and Mary and I have served as a “Pre-Cana” couple. After retiring from the pharmaceutical industry, after 35 years, I had the privilege of serving as the President of Bishop McDevitt High School from 2012 to 2017. As with many in HTN I was recruited by Tom Moore, who I have known for fifty years. My original involvement was as a mover and I’m pleased to say that, as with many things, I have received more than I have given. The joy and thanks from those who are receiving our furniture has been most gratifying, as well as the ability to get to know the many other volunteers who make this ministry so special. I am pleased to be able to serve as a board member and be part of the next phase of HTN.

Ted Felix

My wife, Judy, my son, Ted Jr., and I are pleased to be parishioners at St. Alphonsus. I’ve been a Parishioner of St. Alphonsus almost my entire life (50 years)! I’ve recently joined HTN and specifically serve on the Board of Directors, with a focus on the Furniture Support Group (FSG). My professional background is in Pharmaceutical Marketing Research and Consulting. I am pleased to be a part of such a great organization and group of people in HTN. God Bless!

Kathy Morris

Jerry Dugan 

Mark Sutton

Mark Sutton is a 30 year veteran of the hotel industry. Working in franchise development with major hotel companies such as Choice Hotels and Radisson Intl. Mark’s responsibilities were to develop hotels in the Northeast region of the country. He worked with the largest hotel developers in the country. He currently is working with IHG hotels as the Director of Sales at the Candlewood Suites hotel in Horsham. Mark is married to his wife Denise K Sutton for 25 years and reside in Horsham. He has a son Paul who is in the Nascar industry. Mark and Denise were members of St Alphonsus Parish for over 19 years. They were inspired by the work that HTN was doing and wanted to join the ministry to assist their efforts to help those that are less fortunate. They are now very active in the ministry as Mark has joined the board in January of 2019.



Past Board Members

Tom Moore

Married to my wife Nancy for 54 years, blessed with 5 married loving children and 15 fantastic grandchildren. Retired for 7 years after a long sales career in high technology electronics. A Member of HTN’s Board for 4 years after discovering the great need to “help the needy” and the capability of services HTN can provide to “our needy neighbors”.

Pete Anninos

At the end of the day, we all strive to do something that inspires and gives hope to those who are hopeless. We want to make a difference that has meaning and bears fruit that will last a life time. We desire a willingness to be a reflection of God. HTN’s ministry is that vehicle that encompasses the gifts of the Holy Spirit throughout all its endeavors. Everyone involved is part of God’s plan. It is a Blessing to be hold.

George Rizutto

I’m married for 33 years to my wife Geri and have three children, Vince and Nick and Julia. We currently reside in the Fort Washington area and are long time Saint Alphonso’s’ parishioners. I have worked in the healthcare industry for the past 35 years. One of my closest friends shared their experience with HTN with me, at a time when I was looking to do more service. I have enjoyed each delivery and HTN activity since joining the group 2 years ago. I find our work fulfilling and it is rewarding to be giving back to those in great need.

My recent increased involvement in Project Kensington has opened my eyes to an area, just 15 miles away from my own home that is the third poorest and second most food insecure congressional district in the nation. The socio-economic issues for this community have significant negative impacts on the families that live there. I am proud to be very small part of trying to make a difference in their lives through the HTN efforts.


Mike Fedyna

My story joining HTN is not very noble. I had not heard of HTN before Tom Moore called me about it. After explaining HTN, he told me he needed my financial help. I figured great–I’ll promise him some money, send him a check and end the conversation! Then he explained that while he would be happy to take my check, he really wanted me to be HTN’s Treasurer, so I said yes. Little did I know that my e-mail inbox would never be the same! I’m proud to assist in this growing ministry and see how many families are benefiting from its great works.

Nancy Moore

Originally my involvement in HTN began due to my husband Tom but quickly found my own interest and path in this worthwhile organization. It gives me great satisfaction and pleasure helping in small ways, such as buying sheets for donated Pragma beds, organizing a committee of ladies to collect and put kitchen ware kits together and most recently organizing a committee of 7 ladies working at Willard School tutoring as well as putting the library in order. I am amazed at the dedication, support, cooperation, and Christian attitude to keep HTN “afloat” from all the members but especially the tireless board! I feel fortunate being part of this blessed community.

Dave White

My family and I are pleased to be a part of HTN because we see first-hand the good work done by HTN. We have received many blessings and we know that others through no fault of their own have been less fortunate. We are called to share our blessings and HTN provides a way to do that. HTN work takes us into the living rooms and kitchens of poor people. HTN work shows us the face of the truly poor. HTN is the vehicle that allows us to put our faith into action. One of the Beatitutes is “shelter the homeless”. Through HTN we do that and we experience the joy of helping our less fortunate brothers. We do this as a family and it makes us a stronger family and a stronger St. Alphonsus community.




Emeritus Board Members

Mark Dianno

I am originally from Roslyn, PA, attended St. John of the Cross school and graduated from Bishop McDevitt High School in 1986. My wife, Heather, and I have been members of St. Alphonsus Parish for past 17 years. During that time, my wife and I have been very active and involved in for the school and parish. Both my children, Jake and Maura attended St. Alphonsus elementary school and participated in CYO sports and other youth programs. In 2015, Tom Moore (a.k.a “Coach”), asked if I could assist with a program helping needy families in north Philadelphia. Forever grateful for the guidance he provided, I agreed to assist. After more volunteers, from both inside and outside our parish, continued to join our ranks, we helped form the new St. Alphonsus Helping the Needy (HTN) Ministry. HTN truly is a “hands-on” and “feel good” ministry where the volunteers can see the impact and positive influence the ministry’s work has on those less fortunate and provides all the volunteers with a practical opportunity to live and practice our faith.

Mike McDonnell

I’ve been married to my wife Angie for almost 26 years and have been blessed with two amazing sons Michael and Shane. We’ve been members of St. Alphonsus parish for almost 20 years, both my boys were altar servers, my oldest son was also a lector. I’m currently a Eucharistic Minister as well as Lector. We’ve all been involved with the ministry in some fashion and truly got to experience the “Hands on Feel good” ministry that is HTN. I’m amazed with the drive and dedication of all those involved with the HTN ministry from the top down.

Joe Schafle

I am Joseph Schafle. I am married for 43 years to my wife Ellen and we have one son Michael. Michael and his wife Sian have two children and fortunately they live in the area. I have been an attorney for 42 years although I am currently not actively practicing. I joined HTN primarily because it was being started by my good friend Tom Moore. When I heard what he was hoping to accomplish, it sounded like something where I could do something for others in need.

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