OUTREACH FOR OUR COMMUNITY
The vestry, at its June meeting, began the work of supporting specific outreach ministries, given the payoff of our debt. While our decision-making process has not yet been detailed in official guidelines, the general sentiment in both the outreach committee and the vestry was to focus first on programs in our geographic area. In this first round of enhanced support of outreach ministries, we chose three causes to support financially.
- Center for Violence Prevention. The vestry voted to support the CVP with a $1500 contribution, with half going to the Battered Women’s Shelter and half going to ‘the Tower.’ The programs for domestic violence victims include giving them a safe haven while working to end domestic abuse. The Center works with the justice system, human service providers, and battered women’s programs. ‘The Tower’ provides “voluntary services to identified victims of trafficking through its multidisciplinary professionals and community partners to achieve safety, recovery and restoration.”
- Hope House of Hospitality. The church will also financially support the Hope House, a facility which offers accommodations to Mississippians diagnosed with a serious disease in need of regular treatment in the Jackson area. The Hope House provides not only a place to stay, but also meals and (perhaps most importantly) emotional support by other guests. The vestry voted to give Hope House $1500 at this point, specifically to buy them a new clothes dryer and paint supplies for repair and renovation of the patient wing.
- McCoy House for Sober Living. The McCoy House offers a ‘transitional’ environment for women who have “gone through residential treatment and are learning to live a sober life.” Among the offerings at the McCoy House are yoga, art classes, equine therapy, and ‘the Real McCoy’ thrift store. The vestry voted to give $1500 to the program to help support McCoy’s work.
While our church will support these three ministries with a financial contribution, all three also have other needs. They all use volunteers, so members of St. Peter’s can also assist them with contributions of time or donations of household items/clothes. To volunteer or donate, contact them directly at the numbers listed below.
Center for Violence Prevention. 601-936-7749
Hope House of Hospitality. 601-981-1260
McCoy House for Sober Living. 601-946-0578
OTHER OUTREACH MINISTRIES
We continue to focus on “outreach,” or help to people who are not part of our church family. We support, financially and with our presence, such ministries as Stewpot, Billy Brumfield, Mississippi Food Network, Christians in Action, and various women’s shelters.
We go each Thanksgiving morning to Voice of Calvary ministries in downtown Jackson to cook and serve breakfast to the homeless. We support, with cash contributions and Kroger cards, many people who struggle financially. Each year our church adopts a number of elderly persons to provide them with Thanksgiving meal supplies, as well as participating in the Angel Tree ministry to buy gifts for children.