No Hands But Yours

“Christ has no body now but yours, no hands but yours, no feet but yours”
-St Teresa of Ávila

Calling all teens, young adults, families, and parishioners . . .  You and your families are invited to serve the poor, see Jesus face-to-face, and support the homeless in our local community.


The “No Hands But Yours” is an original Nativity ministry that serves the poor and homeless in our local community.  Every Sunday after the 7:00 am Mass, a group of Nativity parishioners serve food to individuals standing in four locations in Virginia and two in DC.

We prepare the food we serve and offer much needed supplies.  The food includes sandwiches, hard-boiled eggs, bananas, cookies, and more.  The needed supplies include hand sanitizer and clothing as well as bottled water.  During the colder months we need clean, warm outer clothing such as gloves, socks, hats, scarves, shoes, jackets, sweaters, and shirts (new or used).

Get Involved!

If you are feeling called to serve more than once a week (either Sundays or other week days), and would like to be part of this wonderful service ministry, then please contact Manuel Ponciano.  Manuel is the founder of the ministry and serves the poor every day.  He is happy to welcome you and your family into this necessary service.

If you would like to serve the homeless but are not able or comfortable doing so in-person, then you are welcome to help behind the scenes by making sandwiches!  Preparing the food and supplies is a vital role in this ministry.

How can families with children get involved?
Going shopping and then preparing the food at home for those in need is a great act of service for the whole family!  If you and your family cannot serve the food with us on Sundays, then we invite you to take up the vital role of contributing the food and necessary supplies directly to the ministry.

Online Donations
If you would like to donate via the Nativity website donation page, please click here.

Upcoming Interest Meeting

Are you interested in serving with us but still have questions?  We will host a virtual interest meeting on Wednesday, June 22 at 7:00 pm via Conference Line.

RSVP to John Rubino ([email protected]) to receive the Conference Line. 

Do you know someone outside of Nativity who is interested in serving the homeless?  Screenshot or share this page with them and invite them to join you for the virtual interest meeting!  You do not need to be a Nativity parishioner to serve with us.

Safety Tips

    • There are always a minimum of three adults serving food to the homeless every Sunday.
    • Folks can drive separately, but we would ask you to let us know so we can coordinate days, times, and locations with you.


If you have any questions, or to get involved, please contact

Manuel Ponciano
[email protected]
Text/Call: (202)-262-6659


John Rubino
[email protected]
Text/Call: (361)-443-7054

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