Christ Church continues our partnership with the Covington Food Bank.

Do you have a heart for outreach?

Are you wanting to find ways to build relationships with our neighbors?
Are you interested in learning more about our local non-profits and the resources they provide to our community?
Then you should join the Christ Episcopal Church MISSION COMMISSION!

That’s right, our outreach program has a new name, a new purpose and a vision for mission. Stay tuned for more information soon, and a kick-off event as soon as we are able to safely gather with our mission partners. In the meantime, if you would like more information, email Morgan+ at mmacintire@christchurchcovington.com

Here is a list of the area Mission Resources

MISSIONS FOR 2021OPPORTUNITIES TO SERVE
some of these groups (marked with an *) are guest speakers for Wade in the Water on Wednesday evenings

HEALTH/MENTAL HEALTH

All Saints Free Medical and Dental Clinic, Covington Provides no cost medical and legal services (985-871-3939) https://www.dentalclinics.org/ lis/all_saints_free_medical_and_dental_clinic

STOPS St. Tammany Outreach for the Prevention of Suicide http://www.stops-la.com/home.aspx N.A.M.I. ST TAMMANY National Alliance on Mental Illness. Advocates and assists the mentally ill to have access to mental health services and support. (985)626-6538 https://namisttammany.org/

MENTORSHIP OPPORTUNTIES

OPEN TABLE* The Open table uses a community based, bottom-up grassroots model to draw together the relational and social capital of communities to assist struggling young adults, particularly those exiting the foster system Transitioning teens and other young adults in need of guidance meet with a team of mentors once per week for a year. All training provided. http://jamessamaritan.org/open-tablemovement/ https://www.theopentable.org/

ANGOLA Prison fellowship and mentoring program and Justice Reform opportunities https://www.prisonfellowship.org/about/reentrysupport/

EDUCATION

REGINA COELI HEAD START Program to prepare children for his or her next educational setting and develop children’s social skills and assist families in setting and meeting goals. The program teaches beginning reading and writing, and helps children to get along with others, to care for him or herself, and to feel confident and happy about learning. (985) 318-8800 http://rccdc.org/About/Mission-Vision

CEEP The Christ Episcopal Community Educational Enrichment Program (CEEP) A summer outreach ministry to children in our community who are moving into grades 3-6. It helps prepare them for the challenge of 4th grade and upper grades and level the playing field in education. Volunteers (age 16+) are always needed in the following areas: – Tutor – Teacher’s aide – Cafeteria monitor – Kitchen crew – Playground monitor – Office assistant – Lifeguard – Presenter – Field trip chaperone (21+) https://christchurchcovington.com/ceep/

POVERTY

JUST LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR * Local ministry that puts into action Jesus’ command to serve others. Opportunities to serve include: Monthly service dinner in the back yard of struggling families to help and resource them, meal delivery service for the food insecure, baking, cooking or donating to the meal service, helping fix homes in poor repair, planning a community garden. (252)414-9229 https://justloveyourneighbor.org/

FOSTER CHILDREN

JAMES SAMARATIN* We mobilize and equip local communities to meet the critical needs of our foster care and transitional youth, right where they are. We are creating a culture where our most invisible and vulnerable are better supported and empowered. We inspire others to serve youth and families in foster care.

KINDNESS FOR EVERYBODY Local teen-created and run mission that funds foster kids to participate in extras that we all take for granted such as class trips, extracurriculars, sports and other enrichment activities. Also provides volunteer opportunities for teenagers working directly with foster and disadvantaged teens. Contact: Lucy Vanderbrook https://kindnessforeverybody.org/

LEGAL

SOUTHEAST LEGAL SERVICES* Mission: To achieve justice for low-income people in Louisiana by enforcing and defending their legal rights through civil legal aid, advocacy, and community education. Vision: A society in which equal justice for all is a reality. You DO NOT have to be a lawyer to assist in this program but if you are a lawyer, we welcome your help. Opportunities available for many different skill sets in this program especially tech, marketing, administrative and intake calls. St. Tammany/ Washington Parish Director: Cynthia Bordenaro: 985-893-0076 x 519 https://slls.org/

CHILDREN’S COUNSEL LEGAL GROUP* This brand-new organization is partnered with the Louisiana Supreme Court to recruit and train volunteer attorneys to represent children in foster care from the day they enter the system and for a period of at least one year. This program seeks to not only give children a voice in court, but also help direct them to needed services and solutions by having a trusted, well trained attorney on their side when no one else is. Attorneys will keep these kids out of group homes, advocate for mental health and educational services, call in CASA when needed and be a watchdog for children’s’ rights under the law. Organization needs help raising FUNDS to cover their start-up costs to move forward with this mission (Secretary of State and tax-filing fees, creating a website, printing training materials). We also need volunteer attorneys, grant-writers and CPAs. We will train you! Contact: Erinn Neyrey or Kim Vanderbrook (985) 789-8536 kim@simplydivorce.me

HOUSING
WEST 30S REDEMPTION COMPANY We seek to help families, one family at a time, through the blessing of home ownership in the West 30’s neighborhood. (504) 782-0100. http://w30rc.org/

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY & HABITAT RESTORE (RETAIL) Worked to address the need of affordable housing by building and selling 282 new homes to partnering low income families in west St. Tammany Parish. Donations, Retail Store Work, and building help needed. 985-893-3172 https://habitatstw.org/

FOOD SECURITY

NORTHSHORE FOOD BANK Donate food, time or funds to help the food insecure have access to basic needs and nutrition. Northshore Food Bank Resale Shop Retail volunteer opportunities and donations of good quality items for sale. https://northshorefoodbank.org (985) 893-3003

DISABLED CHILDREN

GRANT’S GIFT FOUNDATION * The mission of Grant’s Gift Foundation is to provide resources to children with special mental and/or physical needs in an effort to improve the quality of their lives. Our focus is to provide goods and/or services to children and their families that might not otherwise have the financial ability to obtain them on their own. We want to enrich the lives of these special children so that they can enjoy many of the things that we all take for granted, and ultimately help each one of them reach their true potential. https:// www.grantsgiftfoundation.org/

ADDICTION/ RECOVERY

OPERATION ANGEL-GIVING HOPE RETREAT A residential retreat center in Lacombe that houses a one-year recovery and redemption program for addicts. Need material goods, volunteers and clothing as well as donations. https://neworleansmission.org/giving-hoperetreat (also includes sex-offender reentry) https://givinghopenola.org/giving-hope-retreatcenter https://neworleansmission.org/angel-project

LOUISIANA TEEN CHALLENGE Bible based residential and free addiction recovery for men, women and families throughout Louisiana. https://louisianateenchallenge.com/pages/ about-us/