Folks ask what do monastics do? We pray. We pray long and hard. We pray for our salvation and your salvation and the salvation of the world.
We also know and believe that true prayer works like this: You can pray to end hungry, but that is not enough. You also need to feed the hungry. So we do. We supply things they need like diapers, laundry soap, a place to do their laundry. We also know that perhaps the most important thing we do is first learn their names and second listen. Many have never been called by the name their mother gave them. And most have never been listened to.
And our reward? We get to meet so really great and neat folks.