Epiphany Cathedral Catholic Church

GEM (Guadalupe Epiphany Mission)

GEM (Guadalupe Epiphany Mission)

GEM is a sustained partnership mission between Guadalupe Social Services in Immokalee and Epiphany Cathedral. Through quarterly collections, held in February, May, August and November, of certain food items, clothing for infants to large teen size, and monetary donations, our Epiphany parish family helps to subsidize the needs of the farm workers and rural poor living in the Immokalee area.

Contact:  Craig Imhoff 451-1218 or eci2002@icloud.com

Items in most need are listed below.   

Please use any bag or box to return your donated items to the Penske rental truck before or after any Masses on the collection date.

Collection Weekends:

3rd Full weekend of: February, May, August, & November

 If you would like to help at the collection site (Penske truck), please call Craig Imhoff at (941) 451-1218 or email eci2002a@icloud.com.  Your help is needed.


Items in great need:


Cereal, Grains & Beans:

  • Cereal
  • Rice and Beans
    • 1lb Bags
    • Large Bags 5-100 lb Bags
  • Pasta (1lb. boxes or bags)
  • Macaroni & cheese
  • Maseca (tortilla flour)


No Alcoholic Beverages

Canned Food:

  • Canned soups
  • Canned fruit & vegetables
  • Canned meat
  • Canned tuna


  • Vegetable oil (small bottles)
  • Spaghetti sauce
  • Peanut butter
  • Juice boxes (orange or apple)
  • Cookies (as a treat for kids)


  • ONLY Infants to Teens
  • ONLY Men’s SMALL Long-sleeved Shirts
  • No housewares or linens


Toiletry Items - Donations of toiletries are gratefully accepted.

  • Shampoo
  • Deodorant
  • Toothbrushes, Toothpaste, & Mouthwash
  • Soap & Shower gel

If you would prefer to make a financial donation, please make checks payable to Guadalupe Social Services (not Epiphany Cathedral) and write GEM on the memo line. All donations received by check will be recorded by GSS and at the end of the year, you will receive from them a statement for tax purposes. Of course, cash is gratefully accepted also but cannot be recorded.

It is your generosity that makes such a big difference in the lives of our needy brothers and sisters in Immokalee--our own, in the Diocese of Venice. Please, continue to be the heart and hands of Christ, His heart--your heart; His hands--your hands in praise and thanksgiving for all that has been given to you!