Outreach Update: Aug. 14, 2020

During these unprecedented times, Outreach at St. Paul’s remains committed to being a community partner with our neighbors, particularly our neighbors with housing and food needs. We will continue to safely provide food and financial assistance in the upcoming weeks and here is how you can be a part of these ministries:

1. We are continuing to partner with the Salvation Army’s Center of Hope Family Shelter throughout the summer. We will provide dinner every Thursday night for all shelter guests. The signups are listed below for each week. We are only dropping off the food to their kitchen, not staying to serve. Here are the August and September signups:

August 20th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-820

August 27th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b094ca9ab28aafb6-827

September 3rd/10th/17th/24th: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/9040d45aaad2eaa8-center

2. St. Paul’s has committed $5000.00 toward the Cook Elementary fund that supports meals and school supplies for students and families in need. Cook is our longtime neighbor, and we are thrilled to be able to contribute to the needs of over 100 students and their families during these unprecedented times. For more information about this collaboration please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

3. The 2020 St. Paul’s Stedman Grant recipients have been selected. The Stedman Grant was established in 1931 to provide funding to organizations and projects that benefit the residents of Forsyth County in the area of health, both physical and mental, on advice from the Outreach Committee and Vestry of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church.

In total, $69,000.00 was distributed between these six organizations:

  • Samaritan Ministries: Grant money awarded to Project Cornerstone, an intensive onsite treatment program for homeless men in recovery.
  • Forsyth Jail and Prison Ministries: Grant money awarded to the inmate counseling program and chaplaincy services.
  • Trellis Supportive Care: Grant money awarded to support the Veteran’s counseling program.
  • Hawley House: Grant money awarded to support the only women’s licensed inpatient recovery program in our city.
  • Winston-Salem Street School: The street school is a non-profit high school for nontraditional students. Grant money was awarded to a collaboration effort with Crossnore to provide trauma training for teachers and staff to help better understand the needs of students who have experienced childhood trauma.
  • Crisis Control Pharmacy: Established in 1987, Crisis Control Ministry’s Pharmacy was the first licensed free pharmacy in North Carolina. Today, it is the largest free pharmacy in Forsyth County.

4. We anticipate crisis financial needs in our community to steadily increase during this time. Job and food insecurities are a byproduct of the necessary precautionary measures taking place to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus, and assisting those with acute financial needs is an important part of our outreach ministries. We continue to offer financial assistance to those in crisis via phone interviews and referrals. If you would like to make a donation or learn more about our financial assistance program, please contact Rev. Nancy Vaders at nvaders@stpauls-ws.org

Thank you all so much! Your generosity and support during these uncertain and ever-changing times has been extraordinary, and I’m so proud to be a partner with you in the Gospel call to love and serve our neighbors.

Rev. Nancy Vaders, Director of Outreach Ministries