Community Service

Identifying the community and its needs.
Serving the hungry, the homeless, the naked, the imprisoned - locally, internationally.
Visiting the sick, the shut-ins.


IOCC: Setting Up A Metropolitan Area Committee

Volume II - 1999

YES! We are interested in the philanthropic work of International Orthodox Christian Charities. However, we are in need of some background, operational and practical information. HISTORY: Since its inception in 1992, by the Standing Conference of Canonical Orthodox Bishops in the Americas (SCOBA), IOCC has administered...

A Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach

Volume II - 1998

The year 1997 marked the 5th anniversary of our annual Thanksgiving Dinner Outreach, held at our parish, Holy Transfiguration Orthodox Church in Livonia, MI. The idea to hold this annual dinner as a parish event was initiated by the Good Samaritan Committee of the parish. One...

Outreach To Street Kids

Volume II - 1997

Portland, Oregon, is one of the places in the country which attracts lots of young people who live on the streets. Some come from families who live in the area. Most come from far way. This is an odd phenomenon because Portland’s weather and...

Working In A Russian Soup Kitchen

Volume II - 1995

At lunch time, during the summer of 1992, I frequently joined other volunteers at the Lubyianskaya Boulevard Soup Kitchen to help feed indigent Russians. Essentially, we served free meals to retired, disabled and orphaned Russians in an old stolovaya, or cafeteria. We regulated and distributed meal...

How to Visit a Nursing Home

Volume II - 1995

This little article adds some valuable tips for making a good visit to a relative or friend who is a shut-in or a nursing home resident. Maybe it has happened already, and maybe the day remains in your future. But eventually someone you care about...

Project Mexico

Volume II - 1994

What Is Project Mexico? Project Mexico is a rare partnership of Orthodox Christian Jurisdictions from both the United States and Mexico. Our very own people do the work of this charity. Their lives are changed in the process. What Do You Do? For nearly five...

Helping to Resettle Refugees

Volume II - 1993

“I was a stranger and you welcomed me…” (Matthew 25:35). Every immigrant starts as a stranger in a foreign land. Christ enjoins us to welcome the stranger, the immigrant, just as we would welcome Him if He came to us. Helping immigrants to settle in this...

A Breakfast Ministry

Volume II - 1992

Marlene Botts, 53, and her daughter, Debbie Fields, 22, lost their apartment in November, 1990, when they couldn’t afford to pay rent, even though Botts had a job as a clerk with a local bank. They spent three months living out of their car and in an...

Orthodox Community Outreach Center

Volume II - 1992

A United Orthodox Witness Of Faith And Works In Christ Christian love and caring, meeting basic needs, and relieving suffering are the main ingredients of the Orthodox Community Outreach Center (OCOC), a unique interOrthodox ministry of the whole Church, clergy and laity together, recently established...

The Gift Of Life Program

Volume II - 1991

Based on an interview with Alexandra Kishkovsky, Co-Founder of the Russian Chapter of the Gift of Life Program. “A HOPE FULFILLED IN A FLIGHT FOR LIFE” “Gift of Life” is a program that provides open heart surgery to needy children throughout the world. It is...

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