St. James' Mission and Outreach updates
Sharing God’s gifts with others
Reaching out to those in need
And serving them with dignity and respect…
Meals on Wheels
Thanks again to Sherry Cernos, volunteer coordinator for St. James' Meals on Wheels program, (Sherry took over after her dad, Ed Clark, served for many years!) for her leadership and thanks to those who are supporting this ministry. January 23-27 is our first week to serve our neighbor's in Del Park Manor.
We provide individuals and couples with a hot lunch and a smile. Many times we are the only people they see in their day. Please keep those we serve and the staff at the Mid-County Senior Center, who make these meals, in your prayers. If you are interested in helping with this ministry, please call Liz in the church office (302-994-1584) and she'll get you connected with Sherry.
Emmanuel Dining Room
Tuesday, January 31st is our next day to serve lunch at the Emmanuel Dining Room (EDR) in Wilmington.
We'll be serving our meatball subs, fruit, chips, and cookies with milk to our guests who come for their noon lunch. Most of our guests are without housing or living in low-income housing in the city. And, for many this is their only meal of the day.
If you'd like to help by making cookies, please bring them to the parish hall kitchen and put them in the freezer by Monday, January 30th and mark them EDR.
If you'd like to make a donation to help in the purchase of food items, please indicate EDR in the memo section of your check and put it in the Sunday collection plate or send into the office.
If you'd like to learn more about this ministry, please call Liz in the church office (302-994-1584) and she'll connect you with Pat Minor or Cindy Fauerbach.
We are taking a hiatus from making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches this time and will resume on Thursday, March 30th the day before our March 31st lunch.
New Castle County HOPE Center-for Individuals and Families in need of temporary housing and support services.
What started as temporary housing during the cold weather of 2020-2021 has grown into a permanent center that provides housing and support services for individuals and families who are without adequate housing in New Castle County. New Castle County (NCC) purchased the former Sheraton Hotel on Airport Rd (now named the New Castle County HOPE Center) and kept the hotel management staff to keep the facility running. Working together, many non-profit organizations including Family Promise provide various services and support for individuals and families to obtain emergency and more significant housing and medical, psychological, and job skills opportunities as well. The hotel can accommodate 400 and suites and adjoining rooms are given to families and enable households to stay together. Housing is coordinated through the Delaware Housing Alliance.
If you know of anyone who needs this housing, please ask them to call 1-833-FIND-BED (1-833-3463-233) and leave a message.
How can you help?
Review the list below and see where you might be able to help.
Current items needed:
- Hygiene items such as deodorant, shampoo, and soap (regular and travel size)
- Individual sized peanut butter crackers, tuna, microwavable meals (pastas, soups, etc.)
- Non-alcohol hand sanitizer
- Tide pods or other laundry pods
- NEW Underwear, and socks - all sizes, children through adult
- New or gently used t-shirts and light jacket
- New books for adults and children
Please drop the items off:
· Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the parish hall porch
Please place your donations in the bin labeled Donations for HOPE Center on the porch of the parish hall. Liz will bring in the bin and any donated items at 12:30 p.m.
· On Sunday, there is a container in the foyer of the church.
We take the donations to the distribution center about every two weeks.
St. James' Mission/Outreach Ministry