The Outreach Committee of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church exists to encourage activities that promote a deeper understanding of Christ's commandment to "love your neighbor as yourself" (Matthew 22: 35-40). As we are providing a framework for putting this love into action in Matthews 25:31-46, Luke, 10:29-37, James 1:19, 2:26 and Hebrews 13:1, this committee will research and promote the development and participation in ministries that provide food, occupation, hospitality, clothing, understanding, care, visitation, and shelter to our neighbors in need. The scope of these efforts will have first priority in Northeast Florida, but will reach into national and international ministries as needs exist.
We partner with the Holy Trinity Philoptochos Society on many Outreach initiatives and thank the organization for its ongoing support.
In Services to Our Neighbor
Outreach Ministries of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church
"He who loves his neighbor, fulfills the love he owest to God; for God, accepts his love as an act as love offered to Himself." -- St. Basil the Great
The faithful of Holy Trinity continues to be engaged in several outreach ministries serving our neighbors in the greater St. Augustine community, across Florida, and around the world. There are many opportunities to become involved in these growing ministries. Please prayerfully consider where your heart may be calling you:
Homeless Coalition of St. Johns County: This program was developed as a bridge between the street/shelter and permanent housing. The Outreach Committee collects goods in good shape, such as small home furnishings, home essentials such as cookware, dishes, and cleaning supplies, for needy families. Clothing and items such as books and play toys are always welcome. These goods are provided to the needy families, who live in transitional housing homes from two months to two years and receive intensive services such as education, job training and placement, parenting classes and childcare services.
St. Francis House: We provide dinner on the second Monday of each month, for the 25-40 residents of St. Francis House. Ongoing needs include cooking team of 7 to 8 people as well as regular food donations to St. Francis throughout the year. We also recuit residents for pay to assist with church events as needed.
Migrant Camp Outreach: Weekly visitation, food and clothing for individuals living in two migrant camps in St. Johns County -- about 35 people. Items regularly needed for this ministry include pop-top canned goods, small bottles/pouches of juice, water; work boots; socks; new underwear; work shirts; sunscreen, and travel-size toiletries, as well as individuals willing to visit the sites. In hot months, items such as sunscreen are extremely helpful. In winter months, warm clothing is needed.
Homeless Camp Outreach: Regular visits to individuals living on the streets of St. Augustine, as well as homeless camps in the north end of town -- about 40 people in the camps alone. Items regularly needed for this ministry include: Pop-top canned goods,; small bottles/pouches of juice, water; snack crackers/granola bars; breakfast bars; fruit cups (non-perishable); socks; new underwear; and travel-size toiletries. Individuals are always needed to visit these areas and the camps. In hot months, items such as sunscreen and bug spray are extremely helpful. In winter months, warm clothing is needed.
Homeless Outreach Bags: Bags of basic survival items are created. These are provided to Holy Trinity parishioners, who for money donation, can offer to neighbors in need as they meet them throughout our community, especially to neighbors at intersections holding signs for assistance. These bags contains pop-top canned goods; small bottles/pouches of juice, water; snack crackers/granola bars; breakfast bars; fruit cups (non-perishable); socks and travel-size toiletries. Volunteers are needed to prepare these bags as well as offer to carry them in their cars to those in need around our community.
Project Linus: This initiative provides love, a sense of security, warmth and comfort to children who are seriously ill, traumatized, or otherwise in need through the gifts of new, handmade blankets and afghans, lovingly created by volunteer "blanketeers". We are always seeking donated yarn for this worthwhile project.
Coats 4 Kids: In late fall, we collect winter clothing items to be given to some of the more than 500 students in the St. Johns County School District who are homeless. Many of these students do not have winter clothing items such as winter coats, raincoats, umbrellas, rain boots, socks, and belts.
Other: We also provide as-needed assistance to many other ministries, including Salvation Army, Betty Griffin House, St. Gerard, United Way. We also recently participated in fundraisers to help fund a kidney transplant for a St. Augustine teen-aged boy.
For more information, please contact us
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